Media outlets and political blogs everywhere have been buzzing about Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli since Monday’s court ruling striking down the heart of Obamacare as unconstitutional. Although such news may come as a shock to some liberals, like the judge in the case, I think it is quite clear that the United States Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to force citizens to buy anything, let alone health insurance. But, as there is already an overabundance of discussion on this topic, I’d like to switch gears.
Ken Cuccinelli has made quite a name for himself both in Virginia politics and nationally, first in our State Senate and now in our Attorney General’s office. He has proven, through both his words and his deeds, that he is an ardent and effective conservative, a champion of the 10th Amendment, and a defender of liberty. But one question constantly nagged me. What office would Cuccinelli seek next? Would he run for the U.S. Senate in 2012? After all, the potential field is already getting crowded. Perhaps he would make a move to join the ranks of men like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, becoming the next Governor of the Old Dominion? Doing so would likely set up a showdown between himself and Bill Bolling. Through recent statements, the Attorney General has left this potential door available. Although I believe Cuccinelli could prevail, it could also set up a very ugly nomination contest. I assume that many of us recall the feud between then Lt. Governor John Hager and AG Mark Earley that led to the victory of Mark Warner. Still other pundits suggest that Cuccinelli should run for re-election to his current post. Then again, given his increasing national attention, would an attempt to become the next Vice President or even President seem too far-fetched? Well, about two hours ago, it seems that question has been finally answered.
Here is an email that I just received:
Dear Fellow Virginians,
Well, the liberals sure didn’t waste any time.
After news came out yesterday that a federal judge here in Virginia sided AGAINST President Obama and in favor of my argument that the federal government’s mandate to require you to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, the liberals quickly began launching their attacks at us.
And they are coming after us with everything they’ve got.
So I’ll keep this short and sweet. We are in for a long fight in this case that is certain to be decided by the Supreme Court. And even though I strongly disagreed with the healthcare bill, our ongoing lawsuit isn’t about healthcare. It’s about liberty!
It’s no secret — I’m not the most popular person with liberals in America these days. The conservative leadership I’ve been working to provide in Virginia and across the country has drawn countless personal and political attacks from the left.
I’m encouraged that so many pro-freedom Americans – here in Virginia and across the country – have supported my efforts to stand up for our Constitutional rights. But the flip side is that my political opponents are more determined than ever to smear me over the next 3 years and then defeat me when I’m next up for election.
That’s why I can’t just sit back and allow the left’s attacks on me to go unchallenged. And that’s why I can’t wait to gather the resources to fight back – so please help me by making a donation today!
I have kept my political committee open and active for three reasons:
1. To give me the resources to respond when my political opponents attack me for doing my job … protecting Constitutional rights.
2. Our side needs leadership now more than ever. I’m trying to provide that leadership in Virginia and nationally. Your donation will allow me to travel to provide leadership and campaign for good constitutional conservative candidates. We must increase the number of elected officials – at all levels of government – who will stand up for limited Constitutional government.
3. And I must start building up my campaign warchest now in order to be ready for whatever the liberals throw against me when I run for re-election.
Ken Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia
Did you catch the answer? “…When I run for re-election”? So Ken Cuccinelli hopes to serve as our Attorney General for eight years? Great! I’m all for it. Given his popularity, massive name ID, and the fact that Virginia hasn’t elected a Democratic Attorney General since Mary Sue Terry in 1989, barring any major setback, Cuccinelli should be a virtual lock for re-election three years from now.
Virginia and the nation need strong leaders who will stand for principle over petty political maneuvering and personal gain. Conservatives must be bold and resolute, always defending our values and not caving in to the demands of “more government” simply because it is the easiest path. As long as Ken Cuccinelli represents these ideals, I will proudly stand beside him, whatever office he may hold and encourage like-minded Virginians to do likewise. KC 4 AG 2013!