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.
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