McAuliffe puts Cuccinelli on defense over gay rights, abortion, Va. "Gov. Ultrasound" scandal



Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe debated each other. Both want to be the next governor, but only one has a functioning brain.

The Hill:

McAuliffe was able to put Cuccinelli on the defense for large parts of the debate over comments Cuccinelli made related to homosexuality and abortion in the past, and over questions that have surfaced related to gifts he received from Jonnie Williams, the head of the Star Scientific nutrition company.

Cooch is a joke. And of course, he decided attack unions. By all means, Mr. Cuccinelli, attack this:

labor unions brought us

As for Cooch's views on gay rights, Judy Woodruff, who was moderating, asked him about his remarks about "homosexuality being against nature." Or as I like to call it, GOP outreach:

“My personal beliefs about the personal challenge of homosexuality haven't changed,” he replied.

Think Progress:

Twice, McAuliffe noted that Cuccinelli had called LGBT Virginians “soulless” and “self-destructive” ...

He may want to rethink that, because “everybody wants a little piece of that gay money.”  Thousands of businesses like caterers, jewelers, videographers, musicians, travel agents, you name it, will benefit from gay weddings. And when business does well, states do well, and when states do well, their state officials do well.

Then McCauliffe went after Cuccinelli for doing favors for Gov. Ultrasound's BFF Jonnie Williams in exchange for turkey dinners and use of a resort home. As it turns out there is a smoking gun in Gov. Ultrasound's case. And Cooch is stuck with being his Attorney General, one who is nearly as shady.

But hey, at least Cooch couldn't answer important policy questions:

Cuccinelli was vague, however, when asked by Woodruff on how he would cut taxes by $1.4 billion. He declined to specify loopholes he would end or spending cuts he would make to pay for the cut.

The attorney general also said he has “no position” on whether immigration reform should include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

So Cooch can't distance himself from the McDonnell scandal and his own problems with political gifts, can't justify his lust for tax cuts, and won't take a position on a major issue like immigration reform. What a stellar candidate.

Note: Edited to correct.