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At the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series meeting on February 6, 2012, in Sterling, Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli explains the commonwealth’s lawsuit against the federal government challenging the individual mandate of the Democrat health care legislation.

[UPDATE - Video just updated, new link]

Suzanne Volpe, Republican candidate for Algonkian District Supervisor, held her campaign kickoff event on May 12, 2011 with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the featured speaker. AG Cuccinelli noted that Ms. Volpe’s was the only local campaign he had personally made an appearance at this year, thanking her for the work she has done for numerous candidates over the years and saying “I hope you think you are getting a good return on your investment” for all of work she has done for him. He gave an informative progress report on his various efforts to curtail the encroachments on liberty by the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress (this will be a separate video, I hope one day soon).

With a crowd of at least 150 people on hand and possibly many more – the property was segmented so there was no way you could count everyone from one spot (someone from the campaign can chime in in the comments and I will update the number) – Ms. Volpe pointed out the problems caused by the county’s poor business development policies, with results such as Northrup Grumman’s decision to locate across the border to Fairfax County, and the resulting tax pressure this is putting on residents. She spoke of some of the county’s egregious misuses of taxpayers’ money and her personal philosophy of government that it should be less intrusive and more responsive to the citizens.

Video is at the top of the post, or click here to watch. There are only a few photos because this was the final event affected by camera problems and I lost over 40 pictures (hover cursor for a partial listing of who is in each and click on each for a larger version) – but as far as I could tell every local Republican elected official and candidate was present. It was a massive crowd for a local campaign kickoff, with excellent speeches by our attorney general and by Ms. Volpe- and truly an honor to have Ken Cuccinelli in a local backyard giving an up to the minute report on the battle against the Democrat power grab.

As you can see from the video, if determination, clarity of vision and ability to articulate that vision count in the upcoming campaign, Ms. Volpe is going to be tough to beat for the Algonkian Supervisor position.

For information on how you can help the Volpe campaign, click here.

Suzanne Volpe, Ken Cuccinelli, Eugene Delgaudio, Scott York, John Stirrup

Large audience at Suzanne Volpe campaign kick off

Mike Chapman at Suzanne Volpe campaign kick off

Cathy McNickle, Rob Jesionowski, Linda Budzinski, Eugene Delgaudio

Fred Avila and Joe - there is a hidden message here

Aw hell, it’s a slow news day, so why not…

Our liberal friend Ben Tribbett just highlighted an interview in which Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems to leave the door open to possibly run for governor of Virginia in the next election in 2013. This would be controversial, in case you don’t know, because Bill Bolling is the Republican establishment heir apparent governor candidate, who served as lieutenant governor from 2005-2009 and then agreed to do a second tour as LG from 2009-2013 so there would not be an intraparty fight for the governor’s office in 2009. In the 2009 elections, Bolling was a good soldier and stood down so that Bob McDonnell could represent the Republicans in the governor’s race, which McDonnell won while Bolling and Cuccinelli completed the GOP sweep into the LG and AG offices respectively.

Regular readers of this blog know that my personal bias is that Ken Cuccinelli should be on the presidential ticket in 2012. I don’t think there is any public official in America that I hold in higher regard than Mr. Cuccinelli. The principles he brings to his work in public office are intelligent and beyond reproach and he, personally, is an extraordinarily effective worker. He has done more in 1.5 years as Virginia attorney general than most politicians accomplish in a lifetime. So I am not an objective observer.

At the same time, Bill Bolling – who seems like a truly good man – has the most ridiculous job. And the poor guy has been stuck there for a long time. Whatever the founders of Virginia’s government were thinking when they invented the office of lieutenant governor, they certainly were not thinking about pizazz in the resume department for anyone holding the office.

Virginia LG seems most appropriate for the seasoned, retired person who basically spends his time fishing but is available to provide solid judgment if something terrible should happen to the governor. As a stepping-stone to the governor’s office, “Virginia lieutenant governor” presents a career quandary. It probably looks good on a business card or fundraiser invitation, but it provides little opportunity for producing important work product.

So good guy Bill Bolling holds the inconsequential office, while Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is busy changing the world. The situation is tragic for Bolling because he did the hard thing by being the bigger man in 2009 and allowing Bob McDonnell to capture the flag, and strengthening the Virginia Republican Party at his own (Bolling’s) expense.

Thus there must be a major Republican conflict in Virginia in 2013, right?

No. Far from it. Because there are two major near-term battles that Virginia Republicans must win. 1) the U.S. Senate seat which will be decided in 2012, and 2) the Virginia governor’s office in 2013.

Virginia Democrat Senator Jim Webb made Obamacare the law of the land. Obamacare is the the most destructive, irresponsible legislation ever imposed on the American people. In addition, Senator Webb has been a forceful advocate of President Obama’s agenda.

Senator Jim Webb, who ran for office as a “common sense” moderate, represents all that is wrong with America today. He ran for public office as a friend of the people, and once in office became an enemy of the average American. He needs to be defeated in 2012, sent packing from office with extreme prejudice.

Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli simply need to decide who will run for governor in 2013 and who will run for U.S. senator in 2012. Democrat candidates at all levels deserve the back of America’s hand. There is plenty of opportunity for two good Virginia conservatives to serve the American people in the coming years.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be one of the speakers at the September 12 FreedomWorks March On Washington. Overall a good lineup, it will be interesting to see how many attendees they get after the massive Glenn Beck event a couple weeks ago.

Anyone else planning to attend? I will probably drive to Arlington and get on Metro there.

By the way, if you have not signed the petition to stop the Obama health care mandate, click here to do so today.

From yesterday’s column by Catharine Evans:

Virginia has become the newest target for the Chicago corruptocrats. The Commonwealth recently gained national attention when Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli stood his ground by filing a lawsuit against Obamacare and clarifying the state’s policy on illegal immigration.

The Obama administration is not happy. Like the mob, they can’t go after the state officials, that’s too obvious. They’ll just hit them where it hurts–like laying off innocent constituents in droves. Maybe the sight of 5,000 men and women looking for work in a 9.5% unemployment economy will change Cuccinelli’s mind. The Chicago Four, Michelle, Valerie, Rahm, and Barack are out to teach Virginia a lesson: mess with our Leftist agenda and we’ll get even.

The Obamas seem particularly ignorant of what it is exactly that holds a nation together.

Now that the dust has had a chance to settle after Barak Obama’s highly partisan speech Wednesday night – in which he belittled all opponents of the Democrat “health reform” legislation while offering exactly zero specific answers of his own – I am thinking about the impertinent moment caused by South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson.

And what I’m thinking is: Thank God for Joe Wilson.

I am thankful not only because Congressman Wilson had the gumption to say “You lie” when President Obama repeated the total mistruth that the Democrat plan supposedly would not provide U.S. taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

I thank Joe Wilson for distilling all of our objections to the proposals, and the rising anger and resentment of the tea parties and town halls from the far corners of our nation onto the singular national stage, and being willing to call out “BS” on the entire bill of goods that has been attempted to be shoved down our throats for the past few months.

We made the phone calls, and stood up and complained, and told our various representatives what we think in every little event in every little town – but when all the cameras were focused on one stage and every media outlet was listening for one hour throughout the country, Joe Wilson took the opportunity to sum it all up in one statement and deliver it for all the world to hear:

You lie.

It was the summation, the recap, the next logical step in what the American people have been expressing all summer long. And let’s hope it serves as a springboard and style sheet for how the American people go forward.

If you want to thank Joe Wilson – and I believe you should – go to his Web site and hit the “Contribute” tab at the top, and send him a few dollars, whatever amount works for you.

But more importantly, realize that the battle against encroaching socialism, thievery and parasitism – in short, the moochers – has been engaged. Powers-that-be want to rob you blind, but there are people willing to stand up for you in the halls of power.

If you live in Virginia ( and frankly even if you don’t) one of the best of these is the guy I have been talking about here for years: Ken Cuccinelli. He is one of the best people and best candidates I’ve ever known, and in my view he is the top of the much-publicized Virginia ticket. If you ever wonder, aghast, how our country has fallen so far from the principles of our founders, you will find a refreshing ally in Ken Cuccinelli.

Americans have risen up against the thieves; Joe Wilson has voiced our concern; Ken Cuccinelli will be our next best hope for the future. Getting Ken into higher office will be the most significant possible outcome of the 2009 election season.

Send Ken Cuccinelli some money by clicking here.

Send Joe Wilson some money by clicking here.

UPDATE: And whaddaya know, in less than 48 hours Joe Wilson has reportedly raised $750,000. Let’s hope all those Republicans who sat meekly through the president’s load of hooey will learn something from this.

If at the time of our elections for national office every couple years you, like me, survey the landscape and say “how in the hell did we end up with this gaggle of losers to choose from?” – I encourage you to send a donation to Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for Virginia Attorney General before the end of the business day tomorrow, Monday August 31.

Do it. Just send a donation of whatever you think you can afford, be it $25 or $250.

Money he receives by tomorrow will show up on the Sept. 15 campaign finance report, which is a powerful pump primer for inspiring people to send him even more money in the two-month run up to the November election. Potential donors will be influenced by his fundraising total reflected in the Sept. 15 report, so let’s do everything to ensure EVERYONE knows Ken is on a roll.

The only way we get good national candidates is by first promoting good local and state candidates. As you well know, this happens far, far too infrequently.

But this is beginning to look like a good potential year for conservative candidates – the true face of liberalism has sent a shudder down the collective spine of the American people, and the only thing that will threaten Ken’s ascendacy to the next stepping-stone will be if he is hugely outspent by his Democrat challenger who is likely to garner piles of cash from out-of-state liberal interest groups.

Years from now when your grandchild is on your knee asking “What did you do when a true conservative like Ken Cuccinelli was climbing the ladder to higher office?” I don’t want you to have to answer “I was shoveling shit in Louisiana.”

Help make a difference. Send Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign some money. This is a singular opportunity.