One More Reason You Should Care Who Wins VA’s Governor’s Race – VA Is About to Become a Gay Marriage Battleground State!
Virginia’s governor’s race is really heating up and the Conservative VA Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, is trailing Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, Terry McAuliffe, by an uncomfortably wide margin, reports U.S. News and World Report.
The Washington Post poll cited by U.S. News reveals that Ken isn’t just fighting Terry. He’s also having to combat a Libertarian opponent named Robert Sarvis who’s garnering a whopping 10 per cent of likely voters that would normally be casting Republican ballots.
According to The Post’s poll, the current percentages seem to be 47 percent for Terry, 39 percent for Ken and 10 percent for Sarvis.
Without Sarvis in the picture, Ken and Terry would be in a statistical dead heat.
WHY THIS ELECTION MATTERS FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
You know that Terry McAuliffe is an avid supporter of gay marriage.
What you may not know is that the Libertarian, Robert Sarvis, is also a proponent of gay marriage too. Here’s his ad telling you that he wants gay marriage to be legal in VA:
Ken Cuccinelli the only man in the race who opposes gay marriage.
U.S. SUPREME COURT SUMMER DECISIONS PUT VA ON THE FOREFRONT OF GAY MARRIAGE BATTLE
Hollingsworth vs. Perry did not define marriage as federally protected civil right between same sex couples.
However, the justices did decide they wouldn’t consider hearing any federal marriage appeal not supported by the state’s Governor, Lt. Gov., and Attorney General, who are in charge of enforcing (or not enforcing) state marriage laws.
The U.S. vs. Windsor case made individual states responsible for their own legal definition of marriage and bared the federal government from exclusively, legally defending the traditional definition of marriage.
When taken together, these two decisions make who wins and who loses gubernatorial races even more important than they always have been.
REAL NORFOLK, VA COURTROOM DRAMA IS MAKING VA THE NATIONAL GAY MARRIAGE TEST CASE
The former senior “hanging chad” lawyers for George W. Bush and Al Gore’s 2000 Supreme Court battle are working together to overturn VA’s pro-traditional marriage laws, reports The Washington Post.
Republican, Theodore Olson and Democrat, David Boies both believe that VA’s definition of marriage as a sacred institution between one man and one woman is, “draconian.”
Today, Olson and Boies have announced that they will represent two homosexual couples in Norfolk, VA, who want to end VA’s ban on gay marriage.
Gay men, Timothy Bostic and Tony London, want their “union” recognized by VA.
Lesbians, Carol Schall and Mary Townley were married in CA. They say they have a 15 year-old daughter who deserves to have her parents’ CA “marriage” just as legal in VA.
This year’s governor’s election and beginning of these legal proceedings have combined to make the perfect political storm.
Whoever wins the governor’s mansion just weeks from now will help determine if VA maintains its Conservative position on marriage or becomes one more example of state sanctioned moral relativism.
It’s very tempting to ignore any state’s governor’s race if it’s an election in which you can’t vote, and where the issues being debated don’t directly affect your life in any immediately noticeable way.
Break the mold today. Take a few minutes to learn why you should care about who goes home a winner and who gets sent home a loser in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest this November.
Virginia and South Carolina are two governor’s races Conservatives can actually win this Fall, so Liberty will be keeping an eye on those races and periodically giving you the inside scoop on these elections from now until November.
WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT VIRGINIA ANYWAY?
VA is an important political symbol. The Commonwealth of VA was settled as the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The state went on to give America eight presidents – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
VA is home to no fewer than two dozen major military installations, including The Pentagon, Earth’s largest naval base – Naval Station Norfolk, and Air Combat Command HQ – Langley Air Force Base.
VA also holds 13 electoral votes, which until recently, traditionally were earned by Conservative presidential candidates. Barack Hussein Obama changed VA’s electoral history seemingly overnight in 2008 and again in 2012.
Obama won VA by 150,000 votes, claiming all 13 electoral votes and transforming the once powerful Conservative Stronghold into a swing state.
In-fact, Obama’s VA victories alarmed so many Conservatives in VA that State Senator Charles “Bill” Carrico sponsored SB 723 which, had it not failed in Jan. 2013, would have reapportioned VA’s electoral votes from “winner take all” to regional apportionment.
Had the bill been introduced and become law before Obama’s 2012 victory, The President would have only taken 4 electoral votes from VA and Mitt Romney would have taken 9, reports The Virginian Pilot.
In short, the winner of November’s VA gubernatorial election gets to help shape the economic future of a swing state with a huge military population that can determine who becomes President 2016.
WHO’S RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR?
Ken Cuccinelli is VA’s current Attorney General. He’s also a strong Roman Catholic Conservative.
Ken is facing a strong challenge from the fundraising genius behind Hillary Clinton’s rise to successful Liberal political stardom – Terry McAuliffe.
Later updates will give you more information on both men and their quest to occupy VA’s historic governor’s mansion. However, today’s initial report should give you enough information to get you interested in the hottest governor’s race in the country.
WHO IS KEN CUCCINELLI?
Ken is a Compassionate Conservative Roman Catholic who has served in VA’s legislative branch as a state senator. He held office in the judiciary as the VA attorney general. Now, he wants to complete the trifecta becoming the state’s chief executive.
Democrat attack ads portray Ken as a hardline Conservative whose 100 per cent pro-life voting and advocacy record comes from a place of hate rather than genuine religious conviction and honest difference of opinion with Liberals.
The facts, however, show you the real Ken.
Ken helped start the University of VA ‘s Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) Program to help victims of sexual assault on campus after he heard a woman get brutally attacked one evening when he was a student at the Charlottesville school, reports The Washington Post.
Here’s a campaign ad that shows you the real heart of this Conservative titan.
Ken is 100 per cent pro-life. He supports traditional marriage, low taxes, a strong national defense, and strict constructionist approach To the U.S. Constitution.
The Attorney General opposes Obamacare and has promised to help Virginians resist Obama’s overreaching healthcare mandates as long as possible.
WHO IS TERRY MCAULIFFE?
Terry has been a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He supports abortion on demand, a weak national defense, 100 per cent loyalty to the agenda of Barack Hussein Obama, and shipping American jobs to China.
Since the U.S Supreme Court decided that gay marriage is a state issue in Hollingsworth vs. Perry, VA Conservatives will need a governor who can veto any effort to legalize same-sex marriage.
Terry has promised to do the exact opposite – if elected, Terry will push VA toward legalizing homosexual marriages that will then, in-turn, be recognized by the federal government as lawful, moral, and binding.
Everything you really need to know about Terry McAuliffe’s economic policy can be found by watching this 30 minute video from Citizens United.
The next installment of Liberty Intel will, in-part, flush out the contents of this video in terms Terry’s untrustworthiness and lack of character.
Terry McAuliffe promised to open two businesses in VA and hire thousands of people to help them provide for their family. He not only failed to accomplish any of his economic goals, but proceeded to lie about his success to anyone who could hear him talk.
Montana’s Democratic giant, Senator Max Baucus, has announced that this election will be his last. He has decided to retire.
So what happened to Max here? Why would a seasoned senator and powerful committee chairman throw in the towel after thirty-five years of service? The last time he ran, this thirty-five year U.S. Senate veteran had no primary challenger. Baucus won his last election with an epic 73% margin of victory in an era where “too close to call” seems to be the favorite media mantra. This chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is currently sitting on a campaign war chest of $3,594,924 cash-on-hand.
Yet, all the cash-on-hand in the entire state of Montana and all the seniority on Capitol Hill could not obscure the data from the latest February 2013 Public Policy Poll, which showed Baucus trailing his most likely Republican opponent, Congressman Steve Daines, of Montana’s 3rd Congressional District. The latest poll gives the congressman a five point lead in a head to head race against the incumbent senator. In short, if the race were today, Baucus would only garner 44% of the electorate’s votes, while Daines would command a very respectable 49%.
Some pundits say Baucus’ retirement announcement is just smart politics. Max Baucus is a career politician who has been around Washington D.C. long enough to know how to read the writing on the marble. Max knows when his it’s time to go home…and stay there.
Though Congressman Daines is the strongest challenger to Senator Baucus (if he were not retiring), he is by no means the only contender. Republican Montana State Representative Champ Edmonds and Republican State Senator, Corey Stapleton, both from Montana’s 1st District, have tossed their proverbial hat in the equally proverbial ring. The state’s Attorney General, Tim Fox, has also declared himself as a reasonable replacement for Baucus as well.
The same February poll which showed Daines leading Baucus 49%-44% if the race were to be held then, also showed that Baucus would defeat Edmunds as a challenger 47%-37%, Baucus defeating Fox 46%-43%, and Baucus defeating Stapleton 45%-38%.
So, what’s next for Montana and the coveted seat of outgoing veteran Max Baucus? During the 2008 Presidential election, Senator John McCain barely defeated then Senator Obama with less than 3% of the total votes cast – 242,000 to 231,000. Gov. Romney carried the state in his 2012 contest with President Obama with a much more respectable lead – 55.4% to 41.7%.
The 2012 presidential election results reveal the fact that the majority of voting Montana residents have turned against the liberal agenda of Barrack Hussein Obama by enough of a margin to defeat even a relative centrist like Baucus. This key co-author of Obamacare knows that the majority of the electorate in his state sees the legislation as a “train-wreck.” The 2012 election results in Montana also show that the majority of the voting population of that state have a rapidly diminishing respect for the incumbent president and everyone who rides his coattails.
Thus, Max is packing his bags and heading home, this time for good.
What remains to be seen is what democrats will be brave enough to step out on to the primary field to pick up the banner Baucus is cheerfully leaving on the pavement of this new battleground state.
It will be interesting to see if Congressman Daines shapes up to become the Republican nominee to face off against a would-be Democrat opponent despite his only recent election to Congress from his former seat in the Montana state-house.
One thing is for sure; Montana will be one more state to watch in what is sure to be one nail-biting Fall.