RICHMOND, VA, February 14, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Emboldened by leading a successful campaign to demonize Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign, Planned Parenthood has chosen its next political target: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli, an unwavering foe of the abortion-provider's agenda, is running for the Republican nomination for governor.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC teamed up with his likely Democratic foe, Terry McAuliffe, to launch the new attack website, Keep Ken Out.
Cuccinelli has earned their ire, voting to overturn then-Democratic Governor Mark Warner's veto of the partial birth abortion ban, drafting the state's parental consent law, leading efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and insisting the state's abortion facilities meet the same health standards as other surgical centers.
Last April, the state attorney general said that LifeSiteNews.com is "the homepage for one of the computers in our house" at a fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C.
A notification at the bottom of the anti-Cuccinelli website acknowledges it is “Authorized by Terry McAuliffe for Governor, candidate for Governor.”
“Of course, it should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood would coordinate with a liberal Democrat campaign,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation, based in Virginia. “Its political entities have spent tens of millions of dollars on partisan activities while whining consistently that it doesn’t have enough money to bring its abortion centers up to basic health and safety standards. It is, however, committed to forcing you, the taxpayer, to fund its operations to the tune of more than half a billion dollars annually.”
The Republican's campaign noted the familiar convergence, as well. “Once again Terry McAuliffe is bringing in his out-of-state network of liberal friends to try and influence voters in Virginia,” said Cuccinelli spokesman Jahan Wilcox.
McAuliffe, a onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee with close ties to the Clinton family, is no stranger to charges of dishonesty or dirty campaign tactics.
Taking a cue from filmmaker Michael Moore, McAuliffe falsely claimed during the 2004 presidential campaign that President George W. Bush “was AWOL from the Alabama National Guard” during his service. The non-partisan FactCheck.org showed the future president had put in enough time to complete his service. Documents questioning the younger Bush's service, purportedly written by Bush's commanding officer, would later be shown to be forgeries.
The website's launch, timed to coincide with Cucinnelli's new book, The Last Line of Defense.
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Media outlets on the fringe Left applauded the attack.
The pro-abortion website Jezebel.com wrote that Cuccinelli “has no one to blame but his own zealous self for making an enemy out of Planned Parenthood's political arm. And you definitely don't want to be on their bad side.” (Emphasis in original.)
A diarist at the far-Left website DailyKos stated, “Cuccinelli is a hero to the wingnuttiest wing of the Republican Party.'
The McAuliffe attack is not the first website dedicated to the state political figure. Last summer, CoochWatch.com – a play on the pro-life leader’s name and a vulgar biological term – stated it would post Cuccinelli’s upcoming public appearances, so pro-abortion protesters could follow him.
“The Cooch has been keeping an eye on your vagina, so now we’re going to keep an eye on him,” the website said.
The intensifying pace of negative advertising should cause pro-lifers to come to his aid, his defenders say.
“It should serve as a reminder of just how important this year’s elections in Virginia are going to be. Because only Virginia has a potentially competitive statewide race, national interest groups are going to spend millions of dollars to influence the outcome,” said Cobb. “It’s also notice to pro-life Virginians that we have to communicate with everyone that we know the truth about the Attorney General’s record, the truth about the fact that Virginia’s abortion centers are the real threat to women’s health and, speaking of threats to women, that the current federal administration’s debt-ridden agenda is a horrendous threat to women’s 'economic security.'”