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Cuccinelli: If McAuliffe Elected, Virginia Motto Will Become ‘Quid Pro Quo’

In a heated debate tonight, Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli tried to wrest back the lead of the gubernatorial race from Democrat Terry McAuliffe, criticizing his rival for lacking ties to Virginia and having a corrupt reputation. Cuccinelli noted his rival is ”someone who has told the New York Times, you know, ‘you help me, I help you. That’s politics,’ talking about a case where he was an unindicted co-conspirator in a Teamsters’ election money-laundering case.”

“If Terry is elected governor,” Cuccinelli said, “we’re going to change the state motto from ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’ to ‘Quid Pro Quo.’”

Later on in the debate, Cuccinelli again attacked McAuliffe on ethics. ”It’s pretty rich to have the guy who rented out the Lincoln bedroom, sold seats on Air Force One . . . be talking ethics now,” he remarked.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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