It is said to see Ron Paul endorse Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia's 2013 Governor's race.
I have taken my time before commenting on the endorsement, in order to study Cuccinelli's positions and actions as a public official. I find nothing special about him. Ron Paul has a great liberty message to deliver and these types of endorsements do nothing to advance that message, they muddy the water.
I'm told there are likely all kinds of pressures on Dr. Paul to make these type endorsements. One RP fan and sympathizer remarked to me, "He's only human." But this doesn't mean Ron Paul supporters should follow Ron down a bad road.
Cuccinelli is no libertarian.
He served in Virginia on the Public / Private Partnership Advisory Commission. Translation: He was on the crony capitalist committee that divided up lucre.
He served on the Joint Subcommittee to Study Liability Protections for Health Care Providers. In other words, he served on a subcommittee that centrally planned liability protections in the health care sector, rather than leaving it to the free markets.
During his time in the Senate, he advocated increased care for the mentally disabled. Mental disability is a tragedy, but care should be left to private charity. I believe one of the greatest evils that politicians do is to promote government charity. It is an evil scam. They know full well that to object to charitable programs is difficult. That's why the creeps gather in that sector.
As attorney general, Cuccinelli issued an official opinion to "Presidents, Rectors, and Visitors of Virginia’s Public Colleges and Universities" that stated, "It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification, as a protected class within its nondiscrimination policy, absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.”
A lot of these courses are fruitcake, but the last thing one would want to see is more government involvement in dictating education. The correct libertarian stand is to call for the end to government colleges and universities---not micromanaging them.
On the crony front, Cuccinelli received $55,500 in campaign contributions from Bobby Thompson, a director of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (a veterans group under investigation). Thompson was Cuccinelli's second-largest campaign donor. After receiving the contribution, Cuccinelli met with Samuel F. Wright, a USNVA representative on February 15, 2010, to discuss legislation which had passed the State Senate that would exempt the group from having to register with Virginia regulators.
Cuccinelli interfered directly with free markets in the loan sector. Since 2007, the Virginia Attorney General's Office has negotiated settlements with eight auto-title lenders to provide refunds or interest rate reductions of almost $8 million. When Cuccinelli was in office, he filed a lawsuit in 2010 against CNC Financial Services, Inc., doing business as Cash-N-A-Flash, an auto "title lender," for charging interest rates above the legal limit.
Cuccinelli is a big supporter of retired government trained killers. In 2010, Cuccinelli announced plans to introduce a new level of veterans advocacy to the Attorney General’s office, including training state agencies how to use the law to better advocate for their clients when it comes to obtaining federal veterans benefits. Cuccinelli said that one of the most important things he could do for veterans was to help speed up the process for them to obtain the services they are eligible for from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
He's also big on government snooping. In 2010, Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion that police, school administrators, and teachers could search students' cell phones on the basis of reasonable suspicions in order to deter cyberbullying and "sexting".
There's plenty more. Cuccinelli is nowhere near a libertarian. I would hate to see some new followers of Ron Paul think that Cuccinelli is carrying the libertarian banner and think his crony, interventionist ways are the libertarian message.
I generally don't advise voting, but there is a strategic reason to vote in the upcoming Virginia election. A candidate in Virginia is running under the Libertarian Party ticket, Robert Sarvis. He is far from my ideal candidate. For example, he wants a "rational tax policy." But, there is no chance he is going to get elected. He will likely be forgotten after the election. But now, he is polling around 10%. That's probably why the "Ron Paul Inc" crew put additional pressure on Ron to endorse Cuccinelli. It's a tight raise and they need as many Sarvis supporters as possible to switch to Cuccinelli.
The principled thing, therefore, to do is vote against "Ron Paul Inc" and vote for Sarvis. He won't win. He won't do harm, but it will send a nice message to the Inc. crew that Ron Paul followers are not going to follow Ron when he moves away from principle.
The two front runners are Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe. They are both typical politicians. It won't matter which wins. A vote for Sarvis, though, will send an important message to Ron Paul, that libertarians aren't going to follow his endorsements when they suggest nothing but some kind of typical backroom party politics.
(HT biographical background on Cuccinelli via Wikipedia)