Dear Friends and Fellow Virginians,
I am running for Governor of our Commonwealth to advance the same First Principles that I have run on in every one of my campaigns, because I believe that the more we conform our state government to those first principles, the better off the people of Virginia will be.
Our country was founded on the belief that our rights don’t come from the government, they come from our Creator. The Constitution was set up to limit the size and scope of government, not the liberty of individuals.
I’ve spoken about these First Principles across the Commonwealth as your Attorney General. I’ve fought to protect these principles across the country. They were best articulated by Thomas Jefferson in that most famous sentence of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I think it’s fitting that Martin Luther King, Jr. called this sentence “our national creed.” It sets the standard our nation still aspires to today.
The first principles from The Declaration apply everywhere, at all times, and they have endured the test of time.
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
That next sentence of the Declaration is as true today as it was 236 years ago. If you believe as strongly as I do in these self-evident truths, then please join my campaign for Governor. Help me ensure that Virginia’s government values life, protects liberty, and guarantees the opportunity for all our citizens to pursue happiness. I also need your help to limit government to these goals!
In my first race for State Senate, I faced an uphill battle to say the least. As a conservative from Fairfax, I often joked that I was covered by the endangered species act.
But even when it seemed like I wasn’t making any progress, I kept going. I made the next phone call. I knocked on the next door. Once you have the fire of liberty in your heart, it’s impossible to extinguish.
I won that race – and two more – in one of the bluest parts of the state without sacrificing my principles. I did it because hundreds of people just like you came out to work on behalf of our shared principles – no candidate wins alone!
Our campaign for governor is about more than just getting elected. It’s about changing hearts and minds and improving Virginians’ lives with conservative policies.
Many people have told me that they may not agree with me on all of my positions, but they’re glad to know where I stand. And they feel confident voting for me because they know exactly what they’re getting: a no-nonsense, constitutional conservative.
I’ve never wavered from these First Principles. My record backs it up. Starting as a State Senator, I fought for almost 8 years to get private property rights protected in our state Constitution. I am proud to say that Amendment 1 passed with over 74% of the vote on November 6th.
To get property rights protected in our state constitution, I fought monied interests in the capitol and I worked across the aisle to build a tremendous grassroots coalition over many years.
As Attorney General, I was the first to sue the federal government over the federal healthcare bill. I have been instrumental in changing the role of the office to focus on being the last line of defense for our Constitution.
I have a clear and simple vision for my term as governor. Decrease the burdens of government. Increase individual liberty.
That’s really what it boils down to.
I’m a leader. And I’m willing to do the work necessary to see our principled vision through.
In the general election, the Democrats are putting up an even tougher opponent. When he ran in 2009, Terry McAuliffe, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, raised $7.5 million in 5 months. That is an absolutely scorching pace.
But I’m used to being outspent. In all four of my races, my opponents won the money battle. I won the vote battle. We won those battles with the help of thousands of people like you. And I’m asking for your help in this race to be Virginia’s next governor.
The attacks are going to come. My staff and I have prepared, but we need your help to combat the negativity of the other side. It’s absolutely critical that we have the boots on the ground now, so we can execute our campaign plan. Please let us know when you can volunteer by clicking here.
Also, if you have participated in my campaign in the past you should have received a piece of mail in the last few days asking you to join my campaign as a delegate. I’d really appreciate it if you could please return that back to let me know you’re on board and ready to fight for our First Principles together.
Being a delegate next year is critically important. If you are willing to join me on May, 18th 2013 in Richmond at the State Convention, please click here to let me know.
America faces a difficult road ahead. Virginia has fared better than much of the country, but we’re certainly not immune. We have lingering debt and long-term unemployment problems. And when the federal government inevitably shrinks, we will have huge state budget challenges.
We need a leader who understands our problems and has a track record of fighting for our principles – regardless of the odds. With your help, and especially with yourearly help, we can win this race. I would be grateful and honored to have your support.
Ken Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia
P.S. I am grateful for all your help through the years. We’re currently facing our most difficult and most important race yet. I need your help to win and turn this country back toward the principles it was founded upon. Please take the time to volunteer for my campaign today. Please let us know you’re interested by clicking here!