Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cuccinelli campaign lies about relationship with John Whitbeck

Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for governor is lying about Cuccinelli's relationship to John Whitbeck, a Republican committee chairman thrust into the spotlight after he told an anti-Semitic joke to open a Cuccinelli campaign event in Northern Virginia:
Cuccinelli was not yet on stage at the time the joke was told, and his campaign later distanced him from the remarks.

“I don’t even know who the guy is,” Cuccinelli campaign strategist Chris La Civita said, referring to Whitbeck. “It’s wholly inappropriate and not connected to the campaign. And it’s not reflective of Ken Cuccinelli.”
If Whitbeck likes Biblical jokes, then perhaps he can tell us one about someone being denied three times before a cock crowed--but I digress.

As the photo at the top of this post shows, John Whitbeck was in fact the person who nominated Ken Cuccinelli for governor at the Republican Party of Virginia's convention in May of this year. That he was given that role suggests that he was considered a key supporter of Cuccinelli's--a perception heightened by the fact that Whitbeck was chosen to emcee the Constitution Day rally; an event meant to reboot Cuccinelli's flagging campaign.

Hard to say what impact this will have on the race, but it's pretty certain that John Whitbeck will go under the wheels of the Cuccinelli bus to join many others--Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell to name just two--who have gone under the wheels before him.

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