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Down-Ticket GOP Candidates on McDonnell's Thesis

Anita Kumar

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who stepped aside so Bob McDonnell could run for governor and has been campaigning for re-election as McDonnell's running mate, dismissed the GOP candidate's thesis as a 20-year-old academic paper.

"A candidate with 18 years of public service in the House of Delegates and as attorney general should be judged by his record in office, not by a term paper he wrote as a college student,'' Bolling said. "Bob's record is clearly one of supporting women and families."

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax County, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said that he had not read the thesis and that his initial reaction was that the Post's article had taken the quotes out of context, and merely wrote about it because it was written while McDonnell was at Regent University.

Bolling said the issue will not affect his race against Democrat Jody Wagner. Cuccinelli said he doesn't know if the thesis will impact his race, though he acknowledges that his campaign, in part, depends on McDonnell's success. "Creigh Deeds is desperate to change the subject,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 6:50 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Cuccinelli should be asked whether he agrees with the substance of McDonnell's thesis. He probably views it as annoyingly "progressive>"

Posted by: TheDonkey1 | September 1, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Bob McDonnell just lost the crucial Virginia fornicator vote.


Posted by: MikeLicht | September 1, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I think that if a graduate thesis is pertinent to a politician's election, why doesn't McDonnell or, better yet, the Washington Post demand to see Obama's thesis from Columbia? Or any of his writings or musings from college?

I guess this kind of attack, spearheaded by the Post worked against George Allen, why wouldn't it work against McDonnell?

Posted by: jcg5902 | September 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If the graduate thesis is a blueprint that the person lays out for a candidate for political office and then proceeds to follow it 8 months later in his first run for office, and if the legislation that he sponsors as an elected official carries out that plan, then, yes, it is pertinent.

In fact, that's what McDonnell has done as a legislator and what he has been trying to hide from in his run for Governor.

Posted by: sensible | September 1, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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