The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Vir­ginia At­tor­ney Gen­eral-elect Kenneth T. Cuc­cinelli II says his fel­low Repub­li­cans lost their con­gres­sional ma­jori­ties in the elec­tions of 2006 and 2008 as a re­sult of their big-spending ways.

“We de­served to lose, and we lost,” said Mr. Cuc­cinelli, 41, a state se­na­tor from Fair­fax who cam­paigned for the job as the state’s top cop as an “un­apolo­getic” con­ser­va­tive and won with 58 per­cent of the vote in statewide elec­tions last month that saw con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans also win the gov­er­nor­ship and lieu­tenant gov­er­nor­ship by equally wide mar­gins.

Ad­dress­ing the monthly gath­er­ing of the Con­ser­va­tive Women’s Net­work of the Clare Boothe Luce Pol­icy In­sti­tute on Dec. 11, he said that to say con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans spent like drunken sailors when they were in the ma­jor­ity was “of­fen­sive to drunken sailors,” re­ports Peter Parisi of The Wash­ing­ton Times.

Speak­ing at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion in Wash­ing­ton to an au­di­ence of about 55, Mr. Cuc­cinelli said that Repub­li­cans run­ning for of­fice can­not win with a cam­paign pitch of “ ‘We’re not as bad as them.’ That’s not enough.”

“ ‘Go along to get along,’ ” he added, is the “big­gest killer” of the Repub­li­can agenda, and he crit­i­cized his party’s sup­port of fed­eral bailouts of trou­bled in­dus­tries. As a re­sult, he said, the party lost the trust of its vot­ers. “We need to earn it back.”

That means you have to “take on your own team when they’re wrong,” he said.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or g p i e rc e @ wa s h i ng t o n t i me s .com.

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