Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I have only asked this 2 other times in The Compass' History...

May 23, 2012

Dear Fellow Virginians and Friends,

I have visited many of the 11 congressional district conventions held over the last four weeks.  At each of them I have been giving my own perspective – as your attorney general – about what this President's tenure has meant for Virginia and America.  I truly believe that the 2012 Presidential election is the most important election that I will ever live through.

However, the second most important election in America in 2012 is actually about to take place… in Wisconsin.  The election is the recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Why is this race so important, and why should you care here in Virginia, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you.

In simplest terms, no chief executive (certainly not the President!) has so bluntly and effectively taken on the entire spectrum of pro-big-government forces: be they liberals, rich & powerful public unions – always reinforced by their private union counterparts, and just plain old Democrats.  And if this results in Governor Walker losing the recall election in just over two weeks, it will have a terrible chilling effect on politicians in the future taking on our biggest budgetary challenges, e.g., entitlements, pensions, etc.

You may recall that Democrat State Senators in Wisconsin fled the state in an effort to stop Governor Walker from implementing his government reforms, but they failed.

Since then, two different trends have arisen.  One is the results of Governor Walker's reforms, including lower budgets for virtually all of Wisconsin's local governments that have taken advantage of the reforms (in addition to the state budget).  This in turn has contributed to 2012 being the first year since 1998 when Wisconsin did NOT raise it's property taxes.  That's a pretty stark accomplishment!

The other trend is the vicious response, primarily funded by unions (and MAN ALIVE have they funded it!), that has resulted in the recall election that will be held on June 5th.

June 5th will be a clash of political forces of titanic proportions that will affect how (and whether) others in politics will meaningfully take on our biggest challenges, all of which entail taming and reining in government.

So, I am going to ask you to do something that I've only ever asked twice before in the whole history of The Compass.  I want to ask you to donate to a campaign outside of Virginia.  I want you to PLEASE donate to Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign.  You can donate by clicking here.  Unlike Virginia, in Wisconsin, no corporations can give and you are limited to a $10,000 personal donation (I know you're disappointed to hear that!).

For the curious, I believe the only two other times in history I have asked you to donate to a non-Virginia campaign were for Pat Toomey in his nomination contest against Arlen Specter in 2004 (you know, when Specter was a Republican…), and for Marco Rubio in his nomination against Charlie Crist (you know, back when Crist was a Republican…).

We have a lot of work to do in this country, and we need people with the courage and commitment that Governor Walker has shown at all levels of government.  When they demonstrate the level of backbone that Governor Walker has shown, and then they're viciously attacked, we need to back them up.

So much of the public discussion focuses on beating those that fail us, but I think it's even more important to defend those that take on the challenges in government that limit government's reach and power.  Otherwise, it will get harder and harder to find folks like Governor Walker to step up and take on challenges the way he has.

So please, join me in pitching in to win the second most important election in America in 2012 – let's help defend Wisconsin Governor Walker by donating today!


Ken Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia 

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