Bearing Drift Editor: Va. Gov's Race Will Be Referendum on 'Hustler' McAuliffe
Shaun Kenney, an editor of a prominent Virginia online political website, appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and said virginia's gubernatorial race between Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will be a referendum on McAuliffe, who Kenney said has all of the characteristics that Virginians have traditionally despised.
Speaking to host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Kenney noted that McAuliffe was a "self-described hustler" who was a "wheeler and a dealer" with flamboyance to spare, a candidate who has been long on promises but always short on results.
Kenney, speaking with Bannon, a native Virginian, emphasized that McAuliffe had traits that Virginians have always "ultimately despised at the end of the day."
Speaking about the first gubernatorial debate on Saturday, Kenney said Cuccinelli won the debate, if it were scored like boxing, 10-8 because he painted McAuliffe devastatingly as a man who would put "Terry first" and did not care about Virginia before he decided to run for governor.
Kenney said Cuccinelli framed the race perfectly when he asked McAuliffe, "Why don't you run for governor of Mississippi?" That question was in reference to an electric car company plant McAuliffe decided to locate in Mississippi instead of Martinsville, Virginia. McAuliffe had also promised that plant would create nearly 1,000 jobs. That promise ultimately went unmet, but McAuliffe, at the debate, still claimed that he was a man who would not make promises he could not keep.
"McAuliffe did not look like he did not want to be there," Kenney said, noting McAuliffe brought a binder full of cheat sheets and had to be debriefed by advisers for 15 minutes before he answered questions from the media after his wobbly debate performance.
Kenney emphasized that even Virginia's Democrats, in nominating Creigh Deeds in 2009 for governor, rejected McAuliffe.
"Both wings of the party ultimately rejected him," Kenney said, noting that McAuliffe would even be a "radical break" in terms of what "we expect out of our governor and the Virginia way." He noted that McAuliffe would not even be in the tradition of popular Democrats like Doug Wilder who had governed the state without signing tax increases into law.
"Hold on to your wallets because [McAuliffe] is going to try and make an example out of Virginia," Kenney said.
Ultimately, Kenney again emphasized that the gubernatorial race would be a "referendum on Terry McAuliffe" and whether Virginia can stomach the "crony capitalism," "hucksterism" and "swindling" associated with McAuliffe and the Clintons.
Kenney said McAuliffe's election would give the Clintons a platform in Virginia to run again in Washington, and that is something Virginians will have to consider in deciding whether to vote for McAuliffe, especially because Virginia is becoming one of the most important swing states in presidential elections.