In Va. Governor Race, Top Paper Endorses ... No One
McAuliffe, Cuccinelli didn't deserve nods: Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 21, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
In these Oct. 10, 2013 photos, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli talk during a forum at the University of Richmond.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

(Newser) – Virginia's gubernatorial race pits Democrat Terry McAuliffe against Republican AG Ken Cuccinelli—and the Richmond Times-Dispatch concludes that neither man is worth an endorsement. "This does not gladden us," the editors write, noting that they believe it's a first for the paper in "modern Virginia." Cuccinelli, they write, "rigged" the nomination process to secure a win, while McAuliffe only got the nod because of the Democrats' miserably "weak bench."

The paper takes issue with Cuccinelli's stances on abortion and gay rights, while it says McAuliffe has "spun like a top" on energy issues. Neither major candidate has experience to justify their candidacy, the editors note, citing concerns over Cuccinelli's "ambition" as AG; McAuliffe's "ignorance of state government" makes Rick Perry "look like a Founding Father." As for libertarian Robert Sarvis, while he "has neither embarrassed himself nor insulted the commonwealth," he "has no experience applicable to the governorship, period." The Washington Post and Virginian-Pilot, meanwhile, have endorsed McAuliffe, Politico notes.

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Oct 21, 2013 5:42 PM CDT
After Gov. Ultrasound, women will make a huge turnout. They're sick of being attacked and made to feel less than human. Republican women should be voting Democrat or Independent now, in 2014 and in 2016.
Oct 21, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Sarvis For Governor
Oct 21, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
Finally, a news outlet that is somewhat unbiased and honest. If only ALL news outlets were like this. The American public would soon realize how pathetic both these two failed parties really are.