The Washington Post is spending the last week of the campaign for governor of Virginia dropping potentially damaging story after story.
Then there was an article that went back and read a political newsletter sent out by Ken Cuccinelli on a regular basis designed to keep his constituents informed. It also served as a bully pulpit for Cuccinelli's conservative views.
Here is a bit of Paul Schwartzman's report:
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 ratingsand 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.
read the full article here.
We caught up with Cuccinelli Wednesday for a lengthy interview on a number of topics.
Not surprisingly he had yet to read the Post's story.
"I don't read the Washington Post so I haven't read the article," he said.
But he defended the spirit of the "Cuccinelli Compass" which he said was designed to give his constituents the real story of what was happening in Richmond. He said the regular updates, of which he said he has written"thousands", were unique in that they prepared voters for what was going to happen, not what had already occurred.
"People get something out of it," he said. "They get action items, they get something out of it."
He said this form of communication was "21st century" politics.
The Post story also showed numerous examples of Cuccinelli calling some his opponents names and apparently mocking them. For instance he once referred to Hillary Clinton as “Scary-Liberal Lady".
Cuccinelli said the name calling was all in fun and everyone was a target. That included his co-workers and even himself.
"I use humor in the Compass, and I tease people," he explained. "I tease people I work with, I tease myself more than anybody else in the Compass. That is just a part of how I am. People can tease me back and I can live with it."
The Attorney General said he used humor to make his point and make the newsletter more accessible to the average reader. He said those who have a problem with it, don't get the joke.
"I think liberals don't have much of a sense of humor compared to conservatives," he said. "That is my personal experience. Of course they will get all huffy about me saying that which it self proves the point."
See that part of our interview below:
We will have much more from the GOP candidate for Governor tonight on 12 News at 11.
We will post our full interview with him later tonight on Decision Virginia.