DNC ChairWasserman Schultz Statement on Report of Ken Cuccinelli’s Ties to Far-Right ‘Father’ Groups

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in response to an August 28 article in the Washington Post that linked Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to far-right groups:

“Last week's report by the Washington Post offered more proof of Ken Cuccinelli’s out-of-the-mainstream views on issues important to women. We learned that the Republican nominee for Virginia Governor has close ties to far right groups who believe in stacking the system against mothers involved in divorces. For instance, they believe that men are regularly victims of false allegations of domestic abuse. These groups also support legislation, which Cuccinelli voted for in the State Senate, to reduce the size of child support payments.

“Ken Cuccinelli supports policies that put his own right-wing ideals ahead of what's best for the women of the Commonwealth. Cuccinelli was one of the only attorneys general in the nation to refuse to sign a letter urging reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He has supported ‘personhood’ laws that would ban all abortions and make some forms of birth control illegal. And he has spent his career trying to make abortion illegal, even in the case of rape and incest. Ken Cuccinelli's beliefs may be common in today's extreme Republican Party, but it's clear that his views are well out of the mainstream for Virginians.

“Virginians deserve a governor like Terry McAuliffe who is guided by a sense of doing what’s right for middle-class families, not someone like Ken Cuccinelli whose single goal is to advance an ideology that will be bad for Virginians and particularly bad for Virginia's women.”