Virginia Beach police detained a Ken Cuccinelli look-a-like at a local aquarium last weekend after employees noticed prosthetics glued to the impersonator’s face. According to the Virginian-Pilot, NextGen Climate Action Committee hired an actor to portray the Republican gubernatorial candidate as part of the super PAC’s larger effort to support his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe.
Last month, NextGen co-founder and primary funder, California billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, told Politico that he would use the PAC’s resources on “less-traditional independent expenditure methods.” On the same day of the impersonator’s detainment, a group affiliated with the PAC hired an airplane to fly a banner above the University of Virginia’s football stadium, claiming Cuccinelli was rooting against his alma mater and for its opponent, Brigham Young University. A spokesperson with the group said it plans to fly more banners at future UVA and Virginia Tech football games, as well as at NASCAR events in the state.
The group has also spent nearly $1 million on ads attacking Cuccinelli over the last month.
In a statement, the Cuccinelli camp said the “McAuliffe campaign has given a wink and a nod to campaign tactics that are beneath the dignity of the office he seeks.”
UPDATE: This piece has been amended since its original posting.