Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, like his running E.W. Jackson, thinks it is just terribly unfair of people to bring up his long track record of anti-gay statements and policy positions. In fact, it’s a “personal attack” to do so.
Facing off against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, Cuccinelli attempted to downplay social issues, saying, “Look, I believe– I have some basic beliefs that are fundamental to me. But overwhelming proportion of my time as attorney general has been spent moving Virginia forward economically and protecting liberty and our constitution.” But as attorney general, he has consistently opposed liberty and the constitutional protections for LGBT Virginians,demanding that public colleges and universities rescind non-discrimination policies and making a campaign issue his attempt to revive an anti-sodomy lawhe refused to bring into compliance with the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas ruling…
Cuccinelli attempted to deny his own prior anti-LGBT comments — even though he had stood by them in his first debate against McAuliffe in July. In both debates, McAuliffe highlighted a 2008 speech Cuccinelli made to the anti-gay Virginia Family Foundation in which he had opined, “When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”
Asked in the July debate whether he stilled believed LGBT people to be “soulless” and “self-destructive,” Cuccinelli told moderator Judy Woodruff, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” But as McAuliffe on Wednesday again lambasted Cuccinelli for that view — and for jeopardizing the Virginia jobs when his pro-discrimination efforts nearly caused Northrup Grumman to relocate its headquarters — this time, Cuccinelli dissembled. Calling them “personal attacks,” Cuccinelli announced, “The Northrop Grumman charge is false. The soulless comment is offensively false.”
It’s like they don’t realize the internet exists. You’d be hard pressed to find a Republican politician at his level with a more stridently anti-gay record than Cuccinelli.