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No More Conventions Until the ‘Cuccinelli Exploit’ is Fixed

To sum up why I now object to a Convention:

Ken Cuccinelli was branded a far right wing extremist while he was Attorney General.

Ken Cuccinelli convinced the State Central Committee to change the already settled nomination process from a primary to a convention in 2013.

Other potential contenders backed out in 2013, leaving Cuccinelli as the only GOP candidate for Governor.

Ken Cuccinelli lost to one of the worst possible candidates, Terry McAuliffe.

Ken Cuccinelli proved that Virginia will never elect a far right winger to a statewide office.

Ken Cuccinelli was Ted Cruz’ Virginia Campaign Chairman in the presidential primary.

Ken Cuccinelli presided over a distant third place finish for his far right wing candidate.

Ken Cuccinelli proved once again that a far right winger cannot win statewide office in Virginia.

Ken Cuccinelli proceeded to commandeer the Virginia State Republican Convention and stacked the Delegates with people who had vowed to never support the nominee that won Virginia.

Ken Cuccinelli took his stacked Virginia Delegates to the National Convention where they tried to avoid casting the votes for the Virginia nominee that they had pledged to cast. They were bound to cast their votes in proportion to the votes cast by Virginia Republicans in the primary.

Ken Cuccinelli tried to get the delegates released from these bound votes and failed.

Ken Cuccinelli then attempted to change the rules for future conventions to make it easier for him to exploit the rules. And he failed.

Ken Cuccinelli demanded that it be put to a vote. The votes against his rules changes were the loudest and the rule changes were defeated.

Ken Cuccinelli then tried to force a “Roll Call” vote where every delegate would be required to vote on the rules Cuccinelli wanted to change. This would take hours, disrupt the entire convention and the result would have been the same.

Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to blow up the entire convention and generate much negative publicity and damage the Party Nominee failed.

Ken Cuccinelli acted like a petulant child and threw down his credentials and stormed out, causing embarrassment to the entire state of Virginia and the Republican Party on National TV.

I have labeled Ken Cuccinelli and his followers the Christian Taliban. These are people who refuse to vote for anyone other than a fellow Christian Taliban member. Cuccinelli has opened a lot of people’s eyes, especially the members of the State Central Committee, as to just how easy it is to allow a few people to take over a Convention and nearly pull a coup and force their candidate, who was thoroughly defeated in the primary, on the Party.

I often hear complaints from Republicans, mainly those who lost in a primary, that we can’t have an open primary and allow Democrats to potentially influence the GOP pick.

Well, the dirty little secret is that Conventions are even more fraught with danger of a minority of the delegates overruling the will of the majority. Apartheid is alive and well at Republican Conventions.

After watching the embarrassing and childish behavior of these Christian Taliban cultists screaming and acting like 2 year olds on National TV, I was so appalled at what I saw I made a vow to take a 180 degree change and support Primaries over Conventions until we can come up with a fix for this “Cuccinelli Exploit”.

Once that is accomplished, I will gladly go back to being a convention supporter, but not until.

I know there was a deal made to support a Convention, but the “Cuccinelli Exploit” hadn’t happened then.

I believe this “Cuccinelli Exploit” releases anyone and everyone from this deal. Especially in light of the behavior of those who are screaming to “honor” this deal. It is ironic that these same people are the very ones who refused to honor their binding oath to cast their vote for the winning candidate.

But hypocrisy seems to be something else the Christian Taliban are very good at.

And SCC member that votes for another Convention before the rules can be changed to prevent the “Cuccinelli Exploit” deserves to be voted out.

Slating and the “Cuccinelli Exploit” have no place in the Virginia GOP. They always divide the party.

Do the right thing. Be the leaders you were elected to be. Vote Primary until the “Cuccinelli Exploit” is fixed.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

12 Responses to “No More Conventions Until the ‘Cuccinelli Exploit’ is Fixed”

  1. KEN CUCCINELLI'S MORTICIAN says:

    You know what they call Senator Mike Lee from Utah? Senator Lee.
    You know what they call Senator Ted Cruz from Texas? Senator Cruz.

    You know what they call Ken Cuccinelli from Virginia? Ken

    It’s over- YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO BE A US SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA.

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/18/rip-ken-cuccinellis-political-career-2002-2016/

  2. lawrence wood says:

    Some are proposing that Saturday’s SCC vote should be deferred to a post November election date to “see which way the winds are blowing”. I suppose a political argument could be made to support that approach but it may well be also a backdoor attempt to squash the convention approach by shrinking the lead times necessary to arrange the logistics for a state convention itself. Why resort to the potential subterfuge (unless of course it’s in your nature) just lay it out and generate the vote (a non secret ballot preferably but I won’t hold my breath on that one). Any SCC that produces a non primary decision will be in for rough waters ahead with the voter base in the 2017 state elections in my opinion after the events of the past six months. While secret ballots may give the appearance of anonymity they are as we know by history far from full proof in dodging vote accountability. Just do it and move on to focus on the elections.

    I can’t disagree with your assessment of the events and time line for the Cuccinelli saga except for one issue. I don’t equate Cuccinelli and the Conservative Fellowship (ism)’s with the general history of conservative right wing politics here in Virginia or anywhere else for that matter nationally. To me a perversion of philosophy is not the rule but the exception and Virginian’s have seen nothing but the exceptions of these political views for some time now. Would they reject out of hand the real base belief structure is as yet an unanswered question in my opinion.

    • DEFENDER OF THE GRAND OLD PARTY says:

      HUGE VICTORY FOR LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND OPEN ELECTIONS IN VIRGINIA:

      41-40 SCC VOTES FOR PRIMARY FOR 2017 FOR GOV, LG, AG AND POSSIBLY US SENATOR.

      THANKS TO TOM WHITE AND VA RIGHT FOR A PLATFORM FOR FREE SPEECH WHICH IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZED IN THE TEA PARTY OR THE FREEDOM CAUCUS OR THE CONSERVATIVE FELLOWSHIP IN VIRGINIA REPUBLICAN POLITICS

  3. MELVIN J. says:

    TED CRUZ WON THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY IN TEXAS BY TURNING OUT THE EVANGELICAL VOTE IN HIS FATHER’S MEGA CHURCHES- WHERE HE PREACHES DOMINIONISM.

    KEN CUCCINELLI WON THE NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR IN 2013 IN A CONVENTION WITH HIS HOMESCHOOL NETWORKS.

    AND THAT’S THE UNELECTABLE NOMINATION PROCESS BUS THE CONSERVATIVE FELLOWSHIP IS DRIVING OVER A CLIFF IN VIRGINIA.

  4. andrew nicholson
    Twitter:
    says:

    I object to taxpayer funding of our Nomination process.

    There are about 10,000 registered voters in Clarke County. The local Voter Registrar informs me it costs approximately $7,000 to hold a primary or an election in our small county. Some of you may not be aware but Local Governments are mandated by law to pay for this privilege.

    Some ‘Primary’ history for Clarke County: In 2001 – 180 people voted @ $38.89 per vote. In 2005 – 781 people voted @ $8.97 a vote. In 2012 – two Republican Primaries, one in March and one in June, 731 people voted in the Presidential at a cost of $9.50 per vote and 467 people voted for our Senate Nomination at a cost of $14.98 per vote. In 2013 – less than 2% turnout in the Democrat Primary 164 people voted @ $42.68 a vote. Turn out averages between 2-8%.

    To put this in perspective; General Elections in Clarke County, with 70-75% turnout, cost less than $1 a vote.

    Can you, as so-called fiscal conservatives, tell the local taxpayers of Clarke County to pick up the tab of $7,000, or municipalities throughout Virginia to collectively pay almost $4,000,000 to nominate candidates of a private organization via an Open Primary Process?

    I can’t.

    Political parties should pay for their own nominating processes. The 10th District GOP Congressional committee in 2014 had a very successful Party Canvas (Firehouse Primary) that didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime. Let’s start there.

    • lawrence wood says:

      I have to laugh every time I hear this argument which I always refer to as the McDonald’s drive through window scenario. If I don’t go inside to consume my big Mac to enjoy the air-conditioning, fast counter service, tables and child convenience setups why should I pay the full price to subsidize these available amenities for others. Why isn’t my window delivered burger cheaper, it’s all so unfair, after all I’m a fiscal conservative! When you start breaking the electorate voting process down into a cost per vote argument you set your sails into strange territory indeed, vote as commodity, should I short the cost or go forward on a futures based bid?

      Besides, I recall a recent 23.3 Million tax payer expenditure that many of us vociferously opposed in Clarke County feeling, as well as demonstrating, it could be delivered with good quality for millions less then spent during the approval and construction phases of the new county high school and funny I don’t remember you being either concerned or vocal over the cost to the tax payers on that issue. One might draw the conclusion that your deep felt concern for the Clarke County taxpayer begins and ends regarding your support for a particular political election process, the convention or it’s sibling the Party Canvas.

      The one and only time the 10th District GOP Congressional committee conducted a Party Canvas (Firehouse Primary) was in 2014 for an open House seat (replacing retiring Frank Wolf) which clearly benefited newcomer candidate Barbara Comstock. So today the 10th District’s new Representative Comstock is up for reelection and do you push your heartfelt, voter beneficial Party Canvas on her, no I think not, we see the 10th District leadership line up obediently behind her for her desired primary re-election demand. So regarding your “Let’s start there” I would say OK lets do that. First lets start by you being consistent in what you propose for ONE and ALL and second let’s start with developing some credibility in your arguments beside the all to apparent political self interest.

      • Andrew Nicholson
        Twitter:
        says:

        To remind Mr Wood the10th District Committee was split 50/50 on the decision to have a party-run process or an Open Primary this year. I was a very vocal opponent of an Open Primary publishing Opinions in both the Winchester Star and The Bull Elephant. Unfortunately a tie breaking vote was cast in Barbara’s favor.

        Barbara won decisively in 2014 because she was able to energize her supporters in Fairfax and the conservatives split the remainder of the votes between 5 candidates.

        Barbara is our nominee and I support her reelection 100%, just as I support Donald Trump 100%. That is what Republicans do.

  5. Gary Porter
    Twitter:
    says:

    First, your choice of “Christian taliban” is in extremely poor taste. This has nothing to do with Christianity nor Cuccinelli’s nor any of his followers faiths. I’m offended by your use of that phrase.

    Second, Cuccinelli’s strategy failed. Utterly. And because of that you want to support primaries? I don’t see the logic in that – at all.

    You may have been embarrassed by Cuccinelli’s antics, I’m offended by a lot I see in mainstream Republicanism. So where does that leave us? Offended. If you want to prevent some future “Cuccinelli” from trying what Ken did, perhaps you should work on getting the Convention rules changed to obviate such behavior in the future.

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