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Letter: Casey Pelsinger
Cuccinelli is qualified

Sunday, November 3, 2013

In writing my election letter, I was trying to figure out what to focus on. After all, the contrast couldn’t be more stark. Ken Cuccinelli supports the rights of gun owners. Terry McAuliffe wants to restrict your freedom. Cuccinelli urges caution following the Obamacare debacle. McAuliffe wants to dive head first into the deep end. Cuccinelli wants to cut taxes. Cuccinelli has committed to cutting taxes. McAuliffe has not. Cuccinelli has a specific plan to create at least 58,000 new jobs. McAuliffe agrees we need jobs, but his plan does not specify a number. Cuccinelli supports the coal industry and lower electricity rates. In 2009, McAuliffe said he wants to make sure there is never another coal power plant in the Commonwealth even if that causes electricity rates to skyrocket. Cuccinelli cares most about Virginians. McAuliffe has been focused on politics. However, I am not going to focus on any of those. Instead, I want to talk about something fundamental to choosing Virginia’s next governor.

Cuccinelli is qualified for the job. McAuliffe is not.

Cuccinelli holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s in international policy and commerce, and a doctorate of law (all three from Virginia universities). Cuccinelli served on five different statewide commissions. He then ran for the state Senate in a special election in 2002. In 2003, he ran for his first full term as a state senator and was re-elected in 2007. In 2009, he was elected attorney general where he served with distinction, defending the commonwealth against federal intrusion, protecting citizens, fighting human trafficking and seeking exoneration for those who had been wrongly convicted.

Conversely, McAuliffe has never served the commonwealth in any significant capacity. His education took place in Washington, D.C. He made his name raising millions of dollars for the Clintons and Obamas. He was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and co-chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He speaks proudly of leaving his wife and newborn baby in tears in a car to make sure he didn’t miss a political fundraiser. As a businessman, he has created jobs in China and Mississippi, but not Virginia. In fact, the only time McAuliffe seems to care about Virginia is when he is running for governor, and he seems to have an endless litany of accusations of questionable business deals characteristic of the stereotypical Washington insider.

Lastly, McAuliffe is clueless about Virginia’s government. He apparently doesn’t even understand the difference between the legislative process and the constitutional amendment process. Now, though I consider myself fairly well educated and well informed, there is a lot about Virginia government that I don’t know. Of course, I am also not running for governor. If I were, I would study up and make it my business to be prepared.

The choice is clear. Do we want a dedicated Virginian who has spent the better part of the last 20 years preparing to be governor or a Washington insider who needs on-the-job training and sees the commonwealth as nothing but a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

Casey Pelsinger



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