In yet another lesson that running more and more candidates on the extreme right may not be helping the Republicans, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is so extreme on abortion rights that he is inspiring Republican donors to give money to his opponent.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has less than half as much cash as Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, with a prominent list of Republican donors sitting out this year’s most competitive U.S. political contest — and in some cases switching sides.
The financial disadvantage four months before the election illustrates the difficulties confronting an attorney general who is campaigning on an economic growth plan yet is best known for his opposition to gay marriage and abortion.
“Mr. Cuccinelli’s very hard stance on some of the social issues is a concern for me,” said Virginia Beach developer Bruce L. Thompson, chief executive officer of Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts, a financial backer of current Republican Governor Bob McDonnell who in May gave McAuliffe $25,000.
“I believe personally in a woman’s right to choose, but I also think from an economic development standpoint, we’re trying to attract businesses from other areas of the country, and we’re telling women that we’re going to regulate the way that they run their life? I just don’t think we can be exclusionary when it comes to women” and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, Thompson said…
Of McDonnell’s top 25 individual donors, only 10 so far have contributed to Cuccinelli — leaving three-fifths either on the sidelines or actively working against Cuccinelli, financial disclosures posted by the Virginia Public Access Project show.
Donors who gave to McDonnell and haven’t provided funds to Cuccinelli include R. Ted Weschler, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) investment manager who switched allegiances and contributed $25,000 to McAuliffe in December 2012.
Looks a lot like Christine O’Donnell, doesn’t it? And Tom Emmers. And Todd Akin. And Sharron Angle. Time and time again the GOP runs these far-right candidates and they get beat in campaigns that they would likely have won if they’d run a more mainstream candidate. When E.W. Jackson is on your ticket, your appeal is limited only to the wingnuttiest of the state.