National Organization for Marriage Pleads for Last-Minute Cuccinelli Support
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a primary group leading the opposition to marriage equality, is going all in for Ken Cuccinelli with less than a week to go until Virginia’s 2013 elections.
In a Tuesday email blast to supporters, NOM’s president, Brian Brown, implored opponents of same-sex marriage to support Cuccinelli by donating to his campaign. Calling Cuccinelli’s Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe a "Clinton crony" and "an ardent pro-abortion, pro-marriage-redefinitionist," Brown sought to rally social conservatives around Cuccinelli’s candidacy and argue that the conservative firebrand attorney general can still be victorious.
"Many of the polls show that McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli by 7-8 points, but that’s a close race in an election like this," Brown wrote in his email. "Historically, turnout in an ’off’ year election consists of older, more conservative voters who can be expected to support Cuccinelli in larger numbers. But whether Ken Cuccinelli was ahead by 7 or 8 points, or behind by 70 points, NOM would be proudly supporting him regardless. Why? Because Ken Cuccinelli is a man of principle."
"I’ve had it with politicians who tell us one thing when they are being interviewed or completing a candidate questionnaire, but then when the pressure is on can’t be counted on to keep their word," Brown said in a statement that could be interpreted as a swipe against Democratic and Republican lawmakers who switched their votes to allow same-sex civil marriage in several states such as Maryland, Rhode Island or Minnesota.
"Ken Cuccinelli is a trusted leader who will stand for the truth of God’s design for marriage no matter the season. He knows that children have the best opportunity to thrive when they are raised in a loving home by a mother and a father. He knows that marriage as the union of one man and one woman has served society well for thousands of years. And he respects the voices of Virginia’s voters, who overwhelmingly approved the state’s marriage amendment back in 2006."
Brown accused McAuliffe of dodging questions about marriage equality, instead resorting to telling voters that expanding marital or civil rights to same-sex couples - which could only occur if McAuliffe were able to convince the General Assembly to reverse the existing state constitutional ban - is not a major priority for him. Brown also managed to get in a dig at former President Bill Clinton while criticizing McAuliffe for being against gay marriage before supporting it, saying, "I though we were done with ’Slick Willie’ back in the ’90s."