Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe maintained his wide fundraising edge over foe Ken Cuccinelli through Election Day and beyond, new campaign finance reports show.
The latest reports cover the period from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28, capturing the frantic final weeks before and the ensuing days after McAuliffe’s (D) narrow victory in the gubernatorial race over Cuccinelli (R), the state attorney general.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said the federal government’s shutdown and a fundraising deficit hurt Ken Cuccinelli II’s bid to succeed him more than other factors, including the gifts scandal that has consumed the governor’s last year in office and that sidelined him during the race.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s first appointments include the state’s longtime budget guru, a campaign official, and several experienced state government hands with ties to previous Democratic administrations.
McAuliffe is keeping Secretary of Finance Richard D. Brown on the job, making this the 11th governor Brown will have served in his long state government career.
Two weeks after losing his bid for Virginia governor, Ken Cuccinelli II said that the failings of the new health-care law will make Sen. Mark R. Warner vulnerable next year in a contest the attorney general did not rule out.
In his first interview since Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated him to become the state’s 72nd governor, Cuccinelli (R) said Monday that although he has no current plans to run, he finds the idea of challenging Warner “tempting” because of the troubled rollout of the federal health-care law, which the Democratic senator supported.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe opted for continuity in his first two appointments to his cabinet, keeping the state government's top financial official in place and naming a key campaign aide as his director of patronage.
McAuliffe said Monday he will keep Secretary of Finance Richard D. 'Ric' Brown in that critical position overseeing the state budget and state funds.
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe reappointed Ric Brown as the state’s finance chief Monday and named three veteran Democratic policy advisers to top administration posts.
McAuliffe said at a news conference that Brown will stay on as secretary of finance, the same position he has held under Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and Democratic former Gov. Tim Kaine, at least through passage of the administration’s first two-year budget.
Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, looking to follow through on a pledge to make his administration bipartisan, has selected a finance secretary who has served in state government under 11 governors and three longtime Democratic staffers for top-level positions.
Virginia’s top corporate executives, including many who have backed Republicans before, are betting that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) will be good for business. Top union leaders think he’s their man, too.
Can McAuliffe satisfy both?
In an election year when many feared voter turnout would be particularly low, especially among young people, early numbers from Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election indicate a significant percentage of under-30s found reason to show up and make their voice heard.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that he thinks he would have won the race for governor if he had had a few more days to campaign against President Barack Obama’s health care law.
“Perhaps my greatest disappointment in this year’s race is simply that the truth wasn’t enough,” the Republican said in a Facebook note to his supporters. “I know that sounds simple, and there’s a lot more to campaigns than being substantively better than the other side, but I’ve always trusted that truth counts for something … a lot actually.