While most political attention these days is focused on the nationâ€™s capital and President Barack Obamaâ€™s second term, across the river in Virginia, politicians from both parties are preparing for what seems to be the oddest gubernatorial race the state has seen in years.
Each party is poised to nominate a deeply flawed candidate for the stateâ€™s top post, with the winner replacing the popular current governor, Republican Bob McDonnell.
GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is widely regarded as the sort of politician who never met a Democrat he didnâ€™t want to fight â€” an ideologue for whom burning bridges is the preferred option.
Allies of the attorney general prefer to emphasize the positive aspects of his agenda and style, arguing that he is principled, honest and straightforward. â€œThere is never any doubt where he stands on an issue,â€ one ally said.
â€œHe has a spine of steel rooted in principle, but he is engaging, friendly and has a good sense of humor,â€ said another admirer of the attorney general, adding, â€œAnd he is wicked smart.â€
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