The responsibility of the government is to govern.
It’s not for one person to impose their political ideology on the rest of us. But that’s what Ted Cruz has done by persuading his Republican colleagues to shut down the government as a bargaining chip to drive their extreme agenda.
Ken Cuccinelli thinks the Senate needs “more Ted Cruzes in there.” The last thing the Senate needs is more Ted Cruzes. And Virginia definitely doesn’t need one of Cruz’s biggest fans as its next governor.
Shutting down the government is bad for all Americans, but especially for a Virginia economy that will bear a disproportionate share of the burden. That’s why even Republican governor Bob McDonnell criticized Republicans in Congress: “You don’t shut down government and have the people that depend on government suffer because that’s really what will happen.”
And while the people of Virginia suffer because of Cruz’s antics in Congress, Ken Cuccinelli has invited Cruz to Virginia to campaign together Saturday. Instead of showing leadership to find bipartisan solutions to our problems, Cuccinelli has chosen to stand with fellow extreme Tea Partiers in Congress who are creating new problems that hurt middle class families.
Ken Cuccinelli should side with the Virginian people and reject the shutdown tactics of Ted Cruz and Congressional Republicans.