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Jul 23 2013

Cuccinelli: Still a Bigot

In their first debate in the campaign to be Virginia’s next governor, Terry McCauliffe criticized his opponent Ken Cucinnelli for his long track record of bigotry and support for discrimination against gay people. Cucinnelli did not defend himself but said that his views haven’t changed a bit:

McAuliffe repeatedly attacked Cuccinelli throughout the Virginia Bar Association debate in Hot Springs, VA for his record of demonizing science, women’s health, and LGBT people. Twice, McAuliffe noted that Cuccinelli had called LGBT Virginians “soulless” and “self-destructive” and that his attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.

Cuccinelli consistently ignored the attacks until moderator Judy Woodruff asked him directly about his previous comments. Cuccinelli responded briefly, saying, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” He then said that as governor he he would “create an environment” economically every Virginian has opportunity.

That’s a non-sequitur. “I’ll make the economy grow, so it doesn’t matter that I still think gay people should be fired just for being gay.” But it’s kind of refreshing that he’s owning up to it, unlike his running mate, Bishop E.W. Jackson, who has said even more disgusting things about gay people but now says he’s being taken out of context.

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  1. 1
    unbound

    … attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.

    That’s the part that his Republican followers don’t get. All these vague promises about jobs being created (by wizardry as far as I can tell), and none of them noticing that the policies he’s actually gone after only hurt the Virginia economy. And not a single thing he’s done or talked about would do anything about creating new jobs.

  2. 2
    exdrone

    I see that one of “the personal challenges of homosexuality” in Virginia is being tolerant of some of its politicians.

  3. 3
    zenlike

    To be fair, LGBT Virginians are indeed “soulless”, but so is every other Virginian.

  4. 4
    Moggie

    But it’s kind of refreshing that he’s owning up to it, unlike his running mate, Bishop E.W. Jackson, who has said even more disgusting things about gay people but now says he’s being taken out of context.

    But Jackson’s comments are being taken out of context! The context is that he wasn’t running for office when he said those things!

  5. 5
    Raging Bee

    “I’ll make the economy grow, so it doesn’t matter that I still think gay people should be fired just for being gay.”

    In other words, bigotry is okay as long as we’re all scared of going broke. That’s not a non-sequitur, that’s basic fascism.

  6. 6
    richardelguru

    zen
    Not just Virginians either.

    :-)

  7. 7
    Wes

    But it’s kind of refreshing that he’s owning up to it,

    I’m not so sure about that. “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed” is a rather non-committal statement.

  8. 8
    slc1

    Of course, Koo Koo Ken’s witchhunt against Michael Mann should be noted. Even climate change skeptics like Pat Michaels and Fred Singer at Utterly Vacuous Assholes objected. Of course, Koo Koo Ken is pretty popular in Southwest Virginia, former bailiwick of one Don Williams.

  9. 9
    eric

    @1:

    attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.

    That’s the part that his Republican followers don’t get.

    No, they get it, they just don’t care. The truth is that when the free market capitalist side of the GOP clashes with the conservative values side of the GOP, the conservative values side wins. At least in public.

    In the private offices of the GOP leadership they might not – those leaders may be just giving lip service to the conservative value voters – but in public, the moral voters get the GOP’s kowtowing.

  10. 10
    jeevmon

    Maybe he is counting on Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, and Catholic health organizations to move to Virginia to take advantage of the right to fire people just for being gay.

  11. 11
    slc1

    Re jeevmon @ #10

    In fairness, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A denies that the company fires gay employees.

  12. 12
    anubisprime

    slc1 @ 11

    In fairness, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A denies that the company fires gay employees.

    And in total fairness the Chick-Fil-A President is a cowardly bigoted jeebus drooling asshole!

    Your turn!

  13. 13
    anubisprime

    In further fairness I forgot to add the qualifier to #12…….Allegedly!

  14. 14
    Wes

    jeevmon

    July 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm (UTC -4)

    Maybe he is counting on Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, and Catholic health organizations to move to Virginia to take advantage of the right to fire people just for being gay.

    I doubt it. Hobby Lobby is based in my home state of Oklahoma, where, sadly, it is already legal to fire people for being gay. You can’t fire people for being gay in Oklahoma COUNTY, where most of Oklahoma City is located. But other than that, the state is open season on gays’ livelihoods. Virginia’s got a long way to go to catch up to Sooner bigotry.

  15. 15
    aaronbaker

    It seems Cuccinelli is becoming a national laughing stock. If you’ve lost The View, you’ve probably lost the election:

  16. 16
    caseloweraz

    Zenlike: To be fair, LGBT Virginians are indeed “soulless”, but so is every other Virginian.

    You mean— They never get to hear the music of James Brown or Little Richard?

    Seriously, I know what you meant. It’s just that there is more than one popular definition of “soul”.

    /pedantry

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