Cuccinelli proposed his own response to the demonstration, which he noted fell on May Day, “an old international socialist holiday — coincidence?”
“We’re going shopping, of course!” he wrote. “Shopping is the perfect free market answer to this absurd protest. It will also give you the chance to see which retailers are cheating by employing ILLEGAL aliens.
“Let’s help take back our country with our wallets.”
Throughout Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, has cast Cuccinelli as a tea party extremist, incapable of forging the centrist consensus necessary to manage the commonwealth. The portrait has stuck, according to recent polls; McAuliffe appears to be ahead in the race — and Cuccinelli’s conservatism is a leading reason.
For years, he articulated that conservatism in the Cuccinelli Compass, honing a combative political persona and providing opponents with material that has now driven up his negative poll ratings and lifted McAuliffe. At the same time, Cuccinelli has accused Democrats of turning him into a caricature, seeking to scare off voters by distorting and lying about his record as a state senator and Virginia’s attorney general.
The Cuccinelli Compass is where Cuccinelli presented himself as an unbridled firebrand, venting about the “left-leaning media,” “gun-grabbing liberals” and “liberals wigging out” over, say, his proposal to allow employers to fire workers for speaking inadequate English.
“We are a beachhead of conservatism in mushy, moderate Fairfax County,” he announced in 2005. At another point, he described himself in the newsletter as a “2nd Amendment supporting Christian Right-to-Life home school dad.”
Here was a forum where he could give his conservative followers what they wanted — opposition to the Affordable Care Act, gun control, abortion, taxes, immigration reform and big government, sometimes delivered in the biting, sarcastic voice of an anti-establishment agitator.
His targets included Hillary Rodham Clinton (a.k.a. “Scary-Liberal Lady”) and, when he was alive, Ted Kennedy (“past his prime/over the hill wonder-liberal”), along with then-Gov. Mark R. Warner, whose spending initiatives prompted Cuccinelli to refer to him as “Governor Warbucks.”
“Glad to get out of Richmond with no taxes having been increased, no constitutional rights having been restricted, and no pro-abortion legislation having been enacted,” he wrote at the end of the 2005 legislative session.
A Cuccinelli spokesman, when asked to furnish all the newsletters that the candidate wrote over the years, said such a compilation was not available. However, Democrats provided nearly three dozen issues. Others can be found on the Internet.