Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli has been quiet about his direct opinion on the federal government shutdown for a while. As of Thursday morning, that all changed.
Cuccinelli took a stance against his GOP and Tea Party members by saying that the shutdown was excessive for dealing with the Affordable Care Act. In an article posted by Slate, he was quoted as saying “Strangling government to do this is not an appropriate course to go. Holding one part of government hostage to another part, I don’t think is a proper way to govern.”
This has come as a shock to most, considering Cuccinelli is an extremely conservative Republican and has ties to some Tea Party Republicans, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz. As far as the race goes, this could end up being a good thing for him to get into the heads of the Democrats or people who are on the fence about their votes.
On the other hand, in that same article, Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat who represents the D.C. suburbs in Virginia’s Fairfax County and environs said, “Now, belatedly, Ken Cuccinelli is saying it. When Cuccinelli realizes it’s a problem, only a few weeks out from one of only two statewide elections this year, that tells you something about the success of the strategy.”
Are most people going to be happy with his stance or just critical because of the timing? We’ll see how it pans out over the next couple of days.