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I might be presumptuous for me to suggest what Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli must do to win the election – I am certainly not a paid campaign consultant but I will offer a few thoughts on this issue.  For I believe that Cuccinelli could easily lose this election and I am afraid not to Robert Sarvis.

Here we go:

1.  Speaking of the Libertarian, engage Sarvis.  Make sure he’s invited to the debates.  Show the wavering Tea Party and libertarian wing of the GOP that you are the real candidate of liberty.  Respect Sarvis and his credentials; he’s smart.  If he had money he’d be a contender.  I have tremendous admiration and respect for him.  But debate him as often as Sarvis and McAuliffe (McAuliffe said in my hearing he’d debate Sarvis) will allow.

2. Oppose the tax plan.  Yes we need money for roads – you’ll seek from the General Assembly a new tax formula.  I would place the gas tax back and lower the income tax myself.  But come up with a viable plan.

3.  Find some agencies to truly cut.  Not the percentage of growth.  A true cut.  Show you mean it:  present a precis of the budget.  Get rid of useless agencies and programs.  You should announce that you will have an adviser whose job will be to research just that and make recommendations directly to you.  Maybe even Robert Sarvis should be considered openly for that position.

4.  Call out the President on the sequester:  That he’s doing these things to hurt people so he can build a constituency to increase spending.

5.  Also oppose the Medicaid expansion.  Lobby the wayward Republicans and Del. Joannou to achieve victory.  Expanding Medicaid is building an entitlement program.  You will be the type of leader that ought to be governor.

6.  Call out the Lieutenant Governor as a sore loser.  I am sorry to say it; I used to admire LG Bolling very much.  But he needs to get behind you.

7.  Have a bold program to heal our inner cities:  Maybe a urban homesteading program where the projects can be sold to the residents.  Offer tax incentives to hose who start businesses in the inner cities or who donate to help inner city schools.  Start with a recommendation:  Abolish the BPOL and personal property tax on businesses in the inner cities.  Instead of helping rich people with public-private partnerships like the Lincoln movie and the Redskins practice field, help ordinary people.

8. Come up with a statewide voucher plan as well.  Governor Jindal’s ideas in Louisiana seem like a good start.  Get Jindal to come campaign for you.  I promise I won’t come this time!

9.  Support E. W. Jackson.  No weasel words.  If you must disagree; do so for rare and principled reasons.  Say, “E. W. Jackson is the lieutenant governor candidate of my party and I support him.”  Campaign with him.  Make sure the sound bite is your support of Bishop Jackson!

10.  Support the Tea Party.  When McAuliffe criticizes the Tea Party in a debate, support it.  Invite McAuliffe to meet Tea Party people.  Praise their dedication to better politics, less government and respect for the Constitution.

I am sure there are more ideas.  But here’s a start!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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