That’s the question Bearing Drift is asking this morning.
Democratic Sens. Dick Saslaw, Janet Howell and Barbara Favola all sent emails to members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC when word got around that the PAC was going to endorse Ken Cuccinelli rather than Terry McAuliffe. The email from Howell, excerpted in the Washington Post, was scathing:
The Post article mentioned on Bearing Drift reports that the lobbying effort by Saslaw, Howell and Favola was “intense.”
“For them to endorse a guy with his views, a supposedly enlightened group of people — science-oriented — would have been the same as in the 1960s, the NAACP supporting George Wallace,” Saslaw said.
The Post noted that when the two candidates interviewed for the endorsement, that Cuccinelli came off as an intelligent, serious candidate, and that McAuliffe came off as, well, McAuliffe.
“Terry was his normal, flamboyant self,” said a board member present for both interviews. “He didn’t want to get pinned down to any details. He didn’t give any details. He was all about jobs, jobs, jobs — ‘I’m just going to take care of the situation when the time comes. I’m just going to do it.’ It was all [expletive].”
The endorsement was due out last Friday but the McAuliffe campaign protested, leading to what the Post said was an “intense lobbying effort.” It’s clear McAuliffe is not ready for prime-time, does not know the issues and is in no way prepared to be Governor of Virginia:
On a question about whether Virginia should stay in something called the “open-trade-secrets pact,” Cuccinelli gave a thoroughly researched response, the person said.
But McAuliffe answered, according to the source: “ ‘I don’t know what that is. I’ll have to look it up later.’ And then he turns back to the guy [who asked] and said ‘Well, what do you think we should do?’ And the guy says, ‘We want Virginia to stay in it.’ And then Terry says, ‘Okay, we will.’ ”
We have less than two months before the election. Here is one more example of why we need to keep McAuliffe from leading this state.