“If Ken Cuccinelli’s history of receiving (and ‘forgetting’ to disclose) gifts from Star and Jonnie Williams is any indicator, his version of ‘reserved traditions’ is pretty far off from most Virginians,” the Virginia Democratic Party said in a statement.
McAuliffe embraced McDonnell on the transportation package, touting his support for the measure to demonstrate that he was willing to work across the aisle. Cuccinelli, by contrast, opposed it because of its tax increases and because he believes it concentrates too much authority at the state level.
Meeting with the Retail Alliance of Norfolk this week, Cuccinelli made clear that he would take a different approach to transportation decision-making.
“Gov. McDonnell took a pretty broad view of government reform across the whole state government. I’m going to take a very narrow and deep view,” Cuccinelli said, singling out the Commonwealth Transportation Board as an entity “just screaming to be streamlined.”
Cuccinelli also told the retail group that the Virginia Port Authority “did the right thing” in not privatizing the Port of Virginia, rejecting an idea McDonnell encouraged.
And while McDonnell has frequently used cash from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to encourage businesses to move to Virginia or expand in the state, Cuccinelli has said he “won’t rely on it quite as much as it’s been relied on in the past. We’re going to reduce those things.”
When then-Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) ran to succeed Gov. Mark Warner (D) in 2005, Kaine made clear that he hoped to continue many of Warner’s policies, recalled pollster Peter Brodnitz, who worked for Kaine’s campaign. In 2009, McDonnell — while differing with the two Democrats on policy — suggested that he would have a similar, consensus-building governing style.
“It is unusual that Cuccinelli would say that even though these [last] three governors have a lot in common stylistically, [he is] different,” Brodnitz said.