You’ve heard us say this many times, Ken Cuccinelli is too extreme for Virginia and we cannot risk him as our next governor. But you don’t need to take our word for it.  Turns out, his own party thinks he’s too extreme:

bill-bollingBill Bolling
– The Republican lieutenant governor has said he will not endorse Cuccinelli because he has “serious reservations about his [Cuccinelli’s] ability to effectively and responsibly lead the state. And given those reservations, I could not in good conscience endorse his candidacy for governor.”



russ-pottsRuss Potts – The former Republican state senator has commented on Cuccinelli’s extremism saying, “I can assure you, I served in the Senate for eight years with Ken Cuccinelli, and he was every bit as radical or more so than Bob Marshall. And there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Bob Marshall and Ken Cuccinelli in terms of a radical, out-of-the-mainstream legislator.” (In case you forgot, Bob Marshall is the guy who consistently sponsors personhood bills in the legislature—including with Cuccinelli—and has said that “nature takes its vengeance” on children born subsequent to an abortion.)


gary-shapiroGary Shapiro – The CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, who is a longtime Republican donor, refused to support Cuccinelli saying, “Virginia’s incredible tilt rightward, thanks to a lot of Cuccinelli initiatives, has not been helpful at promoting Virginia as a diverse, pro-business state.”


joe-scarboroughJoe Scarborough – Currently the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, this former Republican Congressman believes Cuccinelli may have a difficult time winning in Virginia because, “[T]his is a guy [Cuccinelli] that has said more things that will offend the voters that swing elections than is humanly possible.”


dwight-scharDwight Schar – The former RNC finance chair (2005-2007)—who had previously supported Republican Governor McDonnell’s campaign—articulated that as a Republican and a businessman he is choosing to support McAuliffe because he believes, “Cuccinelli’s focus on extreme social issues will distract from urgent economic matters and make Virginia less welcoming to business.”


earle-williamsEarle Williams – The former president and CEO of BDM International, who ran for the GOP nomination for governor of Virginia in 1993, is supporting McAuliffe because he believes, “We cannot afford to have a new Governor who will continue to use his political office to obstruct vital transportation and infrastructure improvements because of his personal ideological agenda.”

katherine-wadellKatherine Waddell – The former Republican delegate will not be supporting Ken Cuccinelli and his running mates because she is, “embarrassed and mortified by the Republican ticket” in Virginia. She added that Ken Cuccinelli has a “dangerous…anti-woman health agenda,” and we haven’t even “scratched the surface of how extreme Ken Cuccinelli is.”


Jan Schar – The former president of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women stated that she is supporting McAuliffe instead of Cuccinelli because, “Virginia does not desire candidates who are so completely disconnected from the average Virginian that they are unable to leave their ideology and political views at the front door of their elected office.” Speaking about the entire Republican ticket she articulated that she, “simply cannot support them [because they would] end a woman’s right to make her own health care choices, including access to birth control.”

Milt-PetersonMilt Peterson – The principal and chairman of the Peterson Companies and longtime supporter of Virginia Republicans announced his support of Terry McAuliffe because, “[Terry] will be committed to working with both parties in seeking solutions to challenges our communities face.”


Linwood HiltonLinwood Holton – The former Republican governor of Virginia who recently announced his support of Terry McAuliffe, said that he knows, “a thing or two about the qualities needed to ensure the Commonwealth remains the best place in the country to live and work.” That is why he is supporting Terry McAuliffe over Ken Cuccinelli. Holton knows Terry, “will put partisan politics aside and work every day to move Virginia forward.”

Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson – The Virginia businessman who served as tourism chair on Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission, is supporting Terry McAuliffe because Terry is “focusing on mainstream issues that will unite Virginians and is reaching out to Republicans and Democrats to find the best solutions to the challenges we face.”


WasonJudy Ford Wason – The Republican strategist who previously served in the Reagan administration and helped organize Virginians for Bob McDonnell announced her support of Terry “because the stakes in this election are so high for the future of our economy and the future of our citizens and communities,” and she “want[s] to be sure that young Virginians will be able to look forward to exciting job opportunities and a great quality of life.”



John Chichester – The former Republican state senator is supporting McAuliffe because “Rather than having officials who will focus on ideological issues that divide Virginians, the Commonwealth needs leaders who will strive to tackle the real challenges our communities face.”



Vince Callahan – The former Republican delegate knows that Ken Cuccinelli is too far outside the mainstream for Virginia and wants to elect a governor who will help us “get away from partisan bickering and ideological brinksmanship and come together to focus on doing what’s best for Virginia.”


DillardJim Dillard – The former Republican delegate who chaired the House Education Committee is supporting Terry because he has “pledged that increased state support for education will be a top priority and is key to attracting business to Virginia.”




John Sherman – The Virginia businessman who supported Republican Bob McDonnell’s campaign for governor has articulated that as a businessman he will be “supporting Terry McAuliffe because he will make the necessary investments our state needs in order to compete in the 21st Century economy.”  


panny-rhodesPanny Rhodes – the former Republican Delegate and member of the VCU Board of Visitors, is supporting McAuliffe because he will not, “drive an extreme ideological agenda that will discourage entrepreneurs and scientists from locating in Virginia.”



robert-bloxomRobert Bloxom – The former Republican Delegate and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry understands the importance of having a governor who “will work with members of both parties to find commonsense solutions to the issues that all Virginians care about.” It’s no wonder he’s refusing to support Ken Cuccinelli who has proven time and again he is willing to push his ideological agenda ahead of what the people of Virginia want.

preston-bryantPreston Bryant – The former Republican Delegate and current senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting is supporting McAuliffee over Cuccinelli because he knows McAuliffe will be “focused on finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans so we can tackle the important challenges facing the Commonwealth.”


Clinton Miller – The former Republican delegate announced his support of Terry McAuliffe over Ken Cuccinelli saying, “[Terry] will work with both major parties and others to find mainstream ways to grow our economy and create jobs in Virginia.”



Boyd Marcus – The former Republican strategist, who has worked for Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and former Republican Governor Jim Gilmore, is supporting a Democrat for the first time because, “Terry [McAuliffe] is the clear choice for mainstream conservatives…. I saw Terry McAuliffe as the guy who will work with everybody to get things done.”

Marty Williams – The former Republican state senator, who served with Ken Cuccinelli, announed he is supporting Terry McAuliffe because, “My experience with Ken Cuccinelli has been that he is focused on a divisive social agenda. Terry McAuliffe’s top priority is to find mainstream compromise on issues that are critical towards growing our economy.”


Brandon Bell – The former Republican and Indepenedent state senator, who supporterd Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney Geneeral Ken Cuccinelli in 2009, is supporting Terry McAuliffe this year because, “Terry has shown that he is focused on issues that Virginians of all parties care about.”


Maria Jankowski – The Richmond attorney who was appointed to the Board of Medical Assistance Services by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, supported Bob McDonnell for governor in 2009 but isn’t supporting Ken Cuccinelli because she says, “[He] is clearly ideologically driven, rigid, and seems to be unable to appreciate the views of those who might disagree with him on important issues. Virginia can do better.”

Bobby Beck – The founder of Beck Company, which owns and managers twelve hotels throughout Virginia, is supporting a Democrat for Virginia governor for the first time because he says, “Terry [McAuliffe] has shown that he supports commonsense policies that will ensure that Virginia’s communities remain strong for ours and future generations.”

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Will Sessoms – The Republican mayor of Virginia Beach is supporting a Democrat for governor for the first time in more than 20 years because he believes, “Terry McAuliffe’s focus on diversifying and growing Virginia’s economy will help foster economic growth in Virginia Beach, and help Hampton Roads to become a greater center of commerce in the Commonwealth.”

As this list continues to grow, one thing is clear:

Cuccinelli isn’t just too extreme for Virginia, he’s too extreme for his own party.