By Pat Mullins
Here we are. It has been a long road, but Election Day is Tuesday.
First, let me thank the good folks here at Bearing Drift for this opportunity. It’s been good to be able to put pen to paper over these past few weeks to help explain what our ticket stands for, and what they hope to accomplish.
All of that has led to this: why I think Virginia should elect Ken Cuccinelli and our GOP team.
Ken Cuccinelli’s vision for Virginia is one of greater liberty and greater prosperity. A more streamlined tax code that makes it easier for businesses to invest, and puts a little more money back in all of our pockets each payday.
In Ken Cuccinelli’s Virginia, children get a good education no matter where they live. No child is trapped in a failing school. Parents are empowered to take action when the schools in their community don’t get the job done.
In Ken Cuccinelli’s Virginia, the Second Amendment is protected. Richmond stands and fights when the EPA comes to take what remains of our coal jobs and jack up electricity rates. Under Ken Cuccinelli, our Commonwealth is ready on day one when a Republican President finally lets us explore offshore for oil and natural gas.
Ken Cuccinelli’s Virginia moves us all just a little further down the road toward Ronald Reagan’s city on the hill: Virginia is stronger, and more free, in 2017. More people have jobs, and our children are getting a better education.
Jim Hoeft noted it well on Wednesday morning:
If you think ObamaCare is a disaster for you, your family and business,
If you think state government should not be run like an ObamaCare website,
If you think a tax increase of $1,700 per year is a bad idea for Virginia’s families,
Then the choice on November 5th could not be clearer.
We’ve all seen the nightmare that ObamaCare is becoming. First it was a broken website; now it’s broken promises. If President Obama and the Democrats are willing to lie on “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period,” then what else are they lying about? Taxes? Gun control?
If you like it when government lies to you, or if you like it when government lives down to our low expectations, or if you just like what you’re seeing out Washington, D.C. these days, then by all means, vote for Terry McAuliffe. Or if you’re a Republican, or even just a self-identified conservative, then stay home. I promise, you’ll get more of this train wreck under a Governor McAuliffe.
I would be remiss if I didn’t make the pitch for the two other great members of our team.
E.W. Jackson has made it clear that he’s a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and as Lt. Governor would fight against any effort to bring Colorado-style gun control to the Commonwealth. He knows that educational opportunity should not be denied to students just based on their ZIP code.
Mark Obenshain has been on the front lines working to keep our families safe for years. He led the fight against sexual predators in the General Assembly. He was half of the team that brought last year’s property rights amendment to the voters. I can honestly think of no person I’d rather have as Virginia’s lawyer than Mark Obenshain.
Both of these men will make a fine complement to Governor Cuccinelli.
But in the end, the best argument I can make for our ticket isn’t on policy, it’s personal.
I know all three of these men well.
I know them, their histories, and their families. These are three good men, who have solid foundations of experience and principles to guide them. I have no problem entrusting the future of our Commonwealth to their capable care.
This is the single strongest endorsement I can give: I’ve been around for 76 years, and I can honestly say that I trust all three of these men with my grandchildren’s’ future. I am firmly convinced that putting these three men at the helm of Virginia government is the best possible choice that Virginians can make for my grandchildren, your children, and all of our futures.
That’s why I’m voting for Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshain. I ask you to do the same.
Pat Mullins in chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia