Ken Cuccinelli for United States Senate

Could Ken Cuccinelli's future be in Washington instead of Richmond? Photo: AP Images

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.

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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.

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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.

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Right now, there is no one else in Virginia and the Republicans owe the conservative movement a big one right now.

It’s time.

Ken Cuccinelli for the United States Senate in Virginia. 


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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