Economics

Republican Opposes Crony Capitalism, Democrats Denounce Him as Anti-Business

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made a name for himself in right-leaning circles back in 2010 when he launched a state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, on the very same day President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. These days Cuccinelli is touting those conservative bona fides as he campaigns to be the next governor of Virginia. With yesterday's announcement that GOP rival and current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is dropping out of the gubernatorial race, Cuccinelli has emerged as the clear frontrunner.

Writing at The Washington Examiner, Timothy Carney highlights one powerful constituency that is not so keen about Cuccinelli's rise to power: Virginia's business lobby. As Carney explains,

Liberals typically ding Cuccinelli as too socially conservative, but the Democratic Governors Association today had a different knock on him: "The people of Virginia need a governor who will be business-friendly and focused on creating jobs and growing the economy…" they wrote.

This has been a theme throughout Cuccinelli's career: significant portions of the business lobby have turned against him, not because he's too pro-life, but because of his economic conservatism.

Before running for office in 2002, Cuccinelli made a name for himself campaigning against a tax hike for new roads. Cuccinelli explicitly called out the developers lobbying for the tax hikes: "They are asking you to pay for their driveway," he said. One developer funding the campaign for the tax hike had substantial holdings along the routes where the new tax-hike-funded roads would be laid….

This year, Cuccinelli rallied behind a ballot initiative that limited the state's power of eminent domain. So in next year's general election, especially if Democrats nominate K Streeter Terry McAuliffe, expect to see the business community again lining up against the Cooch.

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36 responses to “Republican Opposes Crony Capitalism, Democrats Denounce Him as Anti-Business

  1. I don’t get it.

    1. White is black…black is white.

    2. It was an extended setup for an excuse to write the phrase “the Cooch.” Sheesh.

  2. “So in next year’s general election, especially if Democrats nominate K Streeter Terry McAuliffe, expect to see the business community again lining up against the Cooch.”

    Just another war on women.

    1. At least they’re paying some attention to the Cooch.

  3. “The people of Virginia need a governor who will be business-friendly and focused on creating jobs and growing the economy?” they wrote.

    When the people of northern Virginia are talking about “business”, they don’t mean the same thing the rest of us talk about when we’re talking about business.

    I grew up outside of Washington D.C. It’s a “company” town.

    1. They’re using it in the ‘giving you the business’ sense.

      1. A huge chunk of the local economy is dependent on people who work for the federal government–that’s where the people who work for the federal government live… In northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

        They’re not sympathetic to arguments against government largess–because their jobs depend on government largess.

        If you’re trying to get federal government workers to vote against state government workers using augments against government workers, you’ve got a marketing problem.

        1. And not just the government employees, Ken; all those people who work for government contractors. Look, even the dry cleaners in NoVa know that if the government cuts jobs they are screwed.

          1. Damn straight.

            When “business” means government largess is driving consumer spending locally, “business” doesn’t mean to them what “business” means to me.

            Need to get the government out of our hair? Why, when the government in everybody else’s hair is what’s keeping us in business?

        2. By “they”, you most assuredly don’t mean me. Or any of my co-workers.

          1. Are you a government employee in the greater DC area who wants smaller government?

            Are you in the DC area and dependent on government or government employees for a paycheck–and still want smaller government?

            When I said “they”, I meant people who are directly or indirectly dependent on government largess for a paycheck. “They”, generally speaking, do not want to cut government spending…

            “The people of Virginia need a governor who will be business-friendly and focused on creating jobs and growing the economy?” they wrote.”

            When “they” are talking about “business-friendly”, they aren’t talking about what I mean when I say “business-friendly”. When some people say “business-friendly”, they mean that the government should spend lots of money and use local businesses for contracts.

            If I had my way, there would be hundreds of thousands of unemployed people in Virginia–who used to work for the government–tomorrow. In their lexicon, that means I’m not “business-friendly”.

            1. If I had my way, there would be hundreds of thousands of unemployed people in Virginia [and Maryland, too I presume]–who used to work for the government–tomorrow. In their lexicon, that means I’m not “business-friendly”.

              OK, that’s a pure position, but not a realistic one and the sort of thing that gives libertarians a bad reputation.

              So you want to turn the DC area into another Detroit overnight? You think those suddenly-unemployed people won’t cause major trouble for the rest of us? You think that NoVa dry cleaner is going to embrace libertarianism overnight?

              The solution would be hiring freezes, buyouts for those anywhere near retirement, etc. Distasteful, but realistic solutions often are.

    2. When the people of northern Virginia are talking about “business”, they don’t mean the same thing the rest of us talk about when we’re talking about business.

      Sure they do.

      Big businesses are the business voices that the media overwhelming report and they love them big government initiatives of direct spending, special breaks and restricting their competition.

      A major mistake of libertarians and conservative is thinking that pro market = pro business. It doesn’t. And that big businesses want economic freedom – they don’t.

  4. the Democratic Governors Association today had a different knock on him: “The people of Virginia need a governor who will be business-friendly and focused on creating jobs and growing the economy?” they wrote.

    Nothing says “business friendly” like doling out special tax deals to large politically influential corporations.

    1. At least that’s something that gets bi-partisan support.

  5. When Cuccinelli ran for AG, his Democratic opponent raised $64,000 from developers ? his second biggest industry, and 2.5 times the amount Cuccinelli raised from them. Shannon’s top individual donor was a real estate investor.

    Gotta be a crony to survive nowadays

  6. I met the Cooch a year or so ago at a conference. He was surprisingly . . . human. I suspect he will be the best governor Virginia could hope for at this point, in spite of his background as a prosecutor. God knows what kind of odious nanny-state crony the Dems will put up.

    1. God knows what kind of odious nanny-state crony the Dems will put up.

      Meet Terry McAuliffe:

      http://www.terrymcauliffe.com/

      1. I fear that fucking yankee will win. Goddamnit, Cooch, do you have to be such a socon??

      2. I read that at first as “Terry McAuffle”

    2. Tom Perriello or Mark Warner. Duh.

      1. Warner already swore off a run. Why would he want to run for governor anyway? US Senator is about as close to doing nothing and getting everything as you can get.

        1. Well if he wanted to run for President, he might want to lauch that from an ‘executive’ position.

        2. Scruffy: I didn’t know MW had said he wasn’t running. My bad.

          Adam: MW has already been Governor of Virginia, so already has his executive stamp.

    3. That thunderous roar you hear is the Clintons’ rushing to relocate their houshold now that New York has helped Hillary’s career as much as it is going to.

  7. Cuccinelli is the same guy who went after Michael Mann for fraud in a case that is a classic “hard cases make bad law” scenario.

    In the end the court bizarrely concluded that the University of Virginia was exempt from having to answer subpoenas issued on civil investigations from the AG office.

    1. My quick non-lawyer reading comes up with. So the University of Virginia is not a corporation even though it is a corporation because the king did not say specifically say its a corporation when it comes to this law so we are the government and regular laws don’t apply to us so screw you.

    2. Comically, having succesfully kept his papers from hostile prying eyes, Mann then lost it and is suing Steyn for libel in a case which he is going to lose. Badly.

      And, Steyn will probably get at those same papers. Those cases are in the Sitzkrieg stage.

      1. That Mann just can’t take the heat.

        1. Well played sir.

  8. Bolling may have dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination, but he put out a pretty big hint yesterday that he will be looking to run as an independent.

    Virginia: Where it’s always campaign season.

    1. He ain’t running as an independent. I hate when people pull this kind of shit, but I’m gonna do it anyway……I’m close with someone who is high-level on Bolling’s now aborted campaign. It boils down to this – Bolling’s a really nice, decent fella who is a lazy campaigner. He has ambition for higher office but not the drive to make it happen, and he doesn’t have the stomach for a nasty primary fight. That’s why he ran for LG a second time in 2009 rather than square off with McDonnell, and it’s why he is backing out of a battle with the Cooch.

      I must say, I might end up liking the Cooch after all after reading this piece. He’s always come off as a so-con asshole before, but I might be able to tolerate that a bit more if I have faith in his committment against crony capitalism.

      1. Oh, and as a not-born-but-raised Virginian, I loathe everything north of Fredericksburg and hope fervently that it could all be ceded to the District of Columbia or Maryland.

  9. Blah blah blah, gotta love those bought and paid for politicians!
    http://www.Fake-dat-IP.tk

  10. I went up there for a few days last year and observed that EVERYTHING was natally merged to uncle sugar. The worst were the non-veteran defense contractors…who designed nasty killy stuff. It was all I could do not to power up like Altered Beast and give them a proper defense consultation…or just make them cry.

    The other freakish thing is the giant condo-fortresses outside of Dulles airport.

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