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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mitt Romney re-emerged on the political scene on Wednesday by doing what he does best: fundraising. The former Republican presidential nominee was set to appear at a fundraising lunch event for Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee in the Virginia gubernatorial election. The event was to be held at Fleming’s steakhouse in McLean, Virginia, a wealthy Washington, D.C. suburb.

“Ken is grateful to have Governor Romney’s support,” Cuccinelli spokesman Richard Cullen told The Washington Post. “He’s looking forward to sharing ideas with the governor on how to grow Virginia’s economy and implement his plan to create 58,000 jobs.”

What’s behind this union between a presidential candidate who could not carry Virginia and the attorney general who is slipping in the polls? For starters, ideology. Cuccinelli and Romney have campaigned on a similar platform, especially on economic issues. But it doesn’t start and stop there. Romney has long had ties to the Virginia Republican Party, which were solidified when he strongly considered Virginia governor Bob McDonnell as his running mate in 2012.

Cuccinelli’s plan for Virginia’s economy is similar to the economic plan Romney ran on in 2012. An analysis by The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, concluded that it would decrease the state budget by lowering a millionaire’s tax. According to Tom Perriello, a former Democratic congressman from Virginia and the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s president and chief executive, Cuccinelli’s plan is “Romney-like.” He told The Washington Post: “We don’t want this Romney-like budget that’s very clear-cut about giving tax breaks to the richest – to the top five percent,”

Furthermore, Cuccinelli appears to sympathize with Romney’s damning “47 percent” statements. Below is an excerpt from Cuccinelli’s book, The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty, in which he discusses entitlement programs.

One of their favorite ways to increase their power is by creating programs that dispense subsidized government benefits, such as Medicare, Social Security, and outright welfare (Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing, and the like). These programs make people dependent on government. And once people are dependent, they feel they can’t afford to have the programs taken away, no matter how inefficient, poorly run, or costly to the rest of society.

Beyond ideology, Romney has strong ties to the Virginia GOP and has been a very successful fundraiser in the Commonwealth. In the 2012 election Romney raised over $13 million in Virginia, making it the state that donated the fifth largest sum of money to his campaign. So Romney is a good friend to have when raising money from Republican donors in Virginia.

After the fundraiser, Cuccinelli will debate Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in the evening. Romney has Cuccinelli covered on that front, too: Politico reports that Bret O’Donnell, Romney’s former debate coach, has “joined team Cuccinelli.”

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  • docb

    Two losers raising $$$ for another lost cause! Nothing new here!

    • moelarryandjesus

      Willard is the Zombie Loser King.

  • moelarryandjesus

    I guess Willard hates sodomy, too.

  • cheeriogirl

    That should clinch it for Terry!

  • TZToronto

    The Republican mantra is that anything that’s run by the federal government must be a failure. They express this sentiment as a given so that they don’t have to explain why they’re wrong. Of course, when you’re preaching to the choir, no explanation is necessary.

    • George D

      Add to that TZ……unless it involves a war or defense spending to enrich the States that Used Military Bases as a main leg of their economy or daddy warbucks industires……And in that case ….money is no object…

      • TZToronto

        All too true, sadly.

  • Sand_Cat

    Clearly, Cuccinelli doesn’t need Romney’s advice to make an ass of himself, which is about the only thing on which Romney is qualified to advise.

  • johninPCFL

    One can only hope that Mitt brings that special spark to Cooch’s campaign team. The one that burns the house down around them.

  • midway54

    No surprises there, just a plutocrat endorsing an eager rightwing flunkey for office to maintain the war against the middle class.

  • SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.”

    Saying that he deeply regretted his choice of words at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraising function in May—during which he argued “[his] job is not to worry” about the lower-earning half of the nation’s populace—Romney personally appealed to the country’s “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” for forgiveness.

    “First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

    “I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.”

    The Romney campaign reportedly scrambled into damage-control mode after the video leaked Monday, issuing a statement late last night stating that the intended target of Romney’s remarks was ingrained big-government largesse, not the “hordes of uneducated, loathsome scum who unfortunately populate this country.”

    However, with Romney’s comments continuing to dominate the news cycle today, the campaign opted to convene a press event to allow Romney to speak directly to the nation’s “grimy panhandlers and coke-addled whores” so that he could issue an apology and explain his familiarity with their struggles.

    “I know just how hard it must be to get through a miserable, destitute life that is rife with crying babies whose shrieks consistently disrupt the affluent members of society who actually contribute something to this world,” said the GOP candidate, adding that he wanted to make amends for his recent statements and reach out to what he called the country’s “snaggle-toothed street people” and “hell-spawned savages.” “I know it can be challenging to wake each morning, covered in your own feces and refuse, and get back out there on the streets to beg for spare change and food scraps, always one step from dying right there in an alley.”

    “I know your challenges, and I am ready to fight for you,” he added

    Romney also said he recognized that the hardships of the nation’s low-earners are made more difficult by the fact that so “very, very many of them are drug-addicted, high-school-dropout single mothers and fathers who sleep in gutters while sewer rats nibble at their necrotic flesh.”

    In an effort to right his campaign and rebuild his image, Romney promised to bring his message of compassion and economic opportunity to the “ramshackle, mud-floored huts” in which half of all U.S. residents live.

    “Let me make this absolutely clear: I have the utmost respect for all of the filth-encrusted, lesion-covered degenerates of this nation,” Romney said. “In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting real Americans in their squalid, roach-infested hellholes in every corner of this country. I promise to stand up for every one of you, even the 47 percent of you huddled together for warmth, fighting your own family members for moldy crusts of bread as you wallow in your own excrement.”

    Added Romney, “And I look forward to someday serving you as your president.”