WASHINGTON, November 7, 2013 — Less than forty eight hours after conceding the race for governor, Ken Cuccinelli is probably trying to sleep in late, go back to his office at the Attorney General’s offices to finish out his term and figure out what to do next with his life.
Here’s the suggestion he probably doesn’t want to hear today: Ken Cuccinelli for the United States Senate.
In 2014, Virginia’s senior Senator, Mark Warner is up for reelection. The Republican bench isn’t simply thin. It is bare. The only two candidates who have announced are basically unknown and less than unknown. If either of them is the nominee, the only question will be how big will Mark Warner’s margin of victory be.
There are several other potential candidates out there. A couple of Virginia Congressmen are thinking about it, but it is probably too late for them to get in. At one point, the smart money was on Governor Bob McDonnell jumping in the race but between his unpopularity with the conservative base because of his massive tax hike and the scandals that have rocked the last year of his term, he will not think about it.
Some big names have already said no. Some conservative activists wanted to draft Newt Gingrich. Gingrich bluntly said no. Former Senator George Allen, who lost to Senator Tim Kaine in 2012 has also said no.
In short, Ken Cuccinelli is the only potential candidate in Virginia with statewide name recognition who could take on Mark Warner and make this seat competitive.
Cuccinelli has a lot of advantages that no one else has. His statewide organization is still intact. Another advantage is if he ran, the Republican Party would almost be forced to give him a significant amount of help.
Conservatives are outraged at what the Republican Party did to Ken Cuccinelli. Establishment Republicans stabbed him in the back when he was able to knock their choice, Bill Bolling, out of the race. Conservatives are outraged at the Republican Party, which spent money in New Jersey to help Chris Christie. Christie was on his way to reelection. The only question was how big was his win going to be?
In Virginia, in 2009, the RNC spent $9 million helping Bob McDonnell. In 2013, the spent only $3 million for Cuccinelli, in a race that was much tighter. Throughout the Internet, conservatives are now saying the RNC stands for, “Receives no cash.” Glenn Beck’s mantra of defund the GOP is gaining ground.
By all accounts, Cuccinelli was supposed to be blown out in Virginia. Just a couple of weeks before the election, one poll had him down by double digits. Almost does not count in politics, but Cuccinelli almost won this race with no help from the GOP establishment.
Right now, there is no one else in Virginia and the Republicans owe the conservative movement a big one right now.
Ken Cuccinelli for the United States Senate in Virginia.
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