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Democrats Protest Cuccinelli Fundraiser in Old Town Alexandria

Opponents criticize candidate's record on guns and social issues outside members-only cigar club.

Democrats from Northern Virginia held signs outside a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Old Town Alexandria, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
Democrats from Northern Virginia held signs outside a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Old Town Alexandria, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

Democrats from Northern Virginia protested a campaign fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli Monday at CXIII Rex, a members-only cigar club located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

The event was co-hosted by Tony Makris, an NRA consultant who came under fire last month for shooting an African elephant on a safari hunt that was televised on NBC Sports.

The NRA-sponsored hunting show was canceled after Makris compared the hunt’s critics to Hitler, according to The Washington Post.

The focus of the protest Monday was more or less pointed at Cuccinelli, who trailed opposing Democrat Terry McAuliffe by seven points in a recent poll.

Old Town Alexandria resident Marianne Anderson held a sign outside the club’s King Street entrance that read “Cuccinelli: So last century.”

“I’m really worried about the future of the state,” Anderson said. “I’m worried about going back, particularly on social and women’s issues. And I feel like he and his cohorts are just another faction to create dissidence.”

Josh Horwitz, an Arlington resident and executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, held a poster of a vigil for the Virginia Tech shooting massacre that listed the number gun deaths in the commonwealth since that April 2007 day in Blacksburg.

“When Cuccinelli was a state senator, he voted against background checks five times,” he said.

Laura Sonnenmark from Mount Vernon echoed Horwitz’s concerns about the candidate’s opposition to increase background checks and took issue with Cuccinelli for sponsoring legislation in 2004 to repeal the prohibition on carrying a concealed handgun in a restaurant.

Some pedestrians stopped to have their photos taken with the protestors, while others took offense with some of the signs. Some of the signs read, “We don’t want a corrupt attorney general for our next governor!” and “Women’s rights & trust in science are good for Virginia Business.”

“These are the typical hackneyed complaints that the opponents have thrown out there throughout the campaign,” said Tom Fulton, chairman of the Alexandria Republican City Committee. “I think the record of governance itself tells a different story… [Cuccinelli] doesn’t fit the model the Democrats are trying to portray. From what I understand, he’s done good work on ethics reform and has a good jobs plan and his opponents have not put forth any sort of depth into examining his proposals.”

Cuccinelli was scheduled to attend the event, but the protestors did not see the candidate. Several protestors said Cuccinelli entered the club through a nearby alleyway. Alexandria police had parked several cruisers at the alley’s west entrance.  

Rick Tocchet October 17, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Leftists seem to have an inordinate amount of time on their hands.
Cameron Miller October 17, 2013 at 06:39 AM
"Came under fire" seemed an ill chosen expression with regard to the NRA guy who actually did fire at an endangered animal.
firstcupsitecreator October 17, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Rick - it seems the Patch is leftist throuygh and through. I get a headline in my email box today telling me that the GOP as 'Final Spasm of dead corpse' (really) and then I see all these political posts on teh Patch that are basically propaganda for Democratic candidates. Tell me, Patch, did you cover the protests against Mr. McAuliffe's appearances or the protests at the governor candidate debate? Will you cover McAuliffe's appearances at fundraisers sponsored in part by NARAL? Or do you just do "soft" propaganda?
firstcupsitecreator October 17, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Where's the story on an estimated $1700 (per family) tax increase supported by McAuliffe? I think that figure is an underestimate, but Patch, where's the rest of the story? You obviously think your readers are stupid, or you prefer to just tell them small stories and not big ones...
firstcupsitecreator October 17, 2013 at 08:29 AM
“We don’t want a corrupt attorney general for our next governor!” BUT a corrupt Hillary Crony who sells visas, and whose business associates are being investigated -- as well as a corporate raider who made millions while workers ended up with zilch in pensions after the company went bust -- that kind of corruption is A-OK. McAuliffe has scammed millions and millions of dollars. Ken went on a vacation with his kids. McAuliffe - made his wife and new baby wait in the car on the way home from the hospital so he could go inside a fundraiser and rustle up some bucks.
Paul October 17, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Of course, Terry is raising millions from limousine liberals at private fundraisers like this one in NYC and LA. In fact, that's where most of his $ comes from. For those who want VA to be more like these places, I suggest they move there, or across the river to Md or DC at least.
T Ailshire October 17, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Horwitz doesn't want to see concealed handguns in restaurants. OK. I hope your reporter realizes that before the recent change - and, fortunately, continuing - openly carried handguns were perfectly legal. One of the few votes Cuccinelli got right.
Larry McDorchester October 17, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Cuccinelli choice of an exclusive, pro-NRA cirgar club as a venue is unfortunate for a guy is who battling the correct perception that he simply does not "get it." Paul is correct to point out the abundance of Wall Street / Hollywood / Clinton influence on McAuliffe's side. That's why I'm voting for Sarvis. Too bad the Libertarian party isn't organized enough to push his candidacy stronger in Northern Virginia. His stance on guns would be unpopular here, but his stance on social issues would resonate well, methinks.
Paul Gil October 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM
This is a joke! 4 morons holding signs...makes it a "protest"??? I am surprised that the Dumbocrats did not use illegal aliens on this one. They should all get a job….but probably they are just waiting for their congressman Brian Moron….to give them a house and put food in their table in return for holding their signs and heckling events.
Paul October 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I was seriously considering voting for Sarvis too, since I agree with him much more than Cuccinelli on social issues. However, the more I think about it, McAuliffe would be a disaster for VA. To know he will do whatever his big leftist donors ask him to do when he's not working for the Clinton's. Zero accountability to the citizens is very dangerous, so I will somewhat reluctantly vote for Cuccinelli.
A J Kearney October 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM
So you've made a long story out of a very small protest-- was your reporter one of the 4?
Drew Hansen (Editor) October 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
This is the reporter here. There were more than 10 protesters. It was difficult to get them all in the frame with the patio dining making the sidewalk very narrow.
T Ailshire October 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Paul, selecting someone because he can win instead of because he represents your views isn't a vote, it's a wager. I cannot and will not vote for Cuccinelli because of his stances on so many things. I do not see him as a "better" candidate. Sarvis is woefully unqualified, but he's *not* one of the other two.
Paul October 17, 2013 at 02:34 PM
T Ailshire, Cuccinelli does not represent my views entirely either and has done some silly things as AG, but he is a strong proponent of constitutional and limited government, earning the endorsement of Ron Paul both when he ran as AG and for governor too. While I would love to see Sarvis win, the best he will do is 10 or 12%, more likely 3 or 4%. It is going to be a much closer race than the polls predict and I do not want to be responsible for helping to send the Clinton Crony Crook to Richmond.
jalefema October 17, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Wow! More than 10 protesters! Give me a stinking break! This is NOT news! Just more stupid Dumbocrat (I'm stealing your word, Paul Gil) propaganda.
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM
wow...Cuccinelli is really tone deaf.....doesn't he have a PR consultant? Going to an expensive, exclusive, cigar club? With all female wait-staff? Reminds me of Romney at that fund raiser where he gave his famous "47 percent" speech. I hope Cuccinelli checked to make sure that none of the female waitstaff use birth control before he went in.....
Paul Gil October 17, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Oldtowner: Last time cigars and girls were mixed in politics was not a very good time for Dumbocrats.....at least not for Hillary. Pretty sure "BJ" Clinton had a great time though! The real war on women comes from within! You gotta LOVE the Democratic women like Hillary and Huma Abedin....
Larry McDorchester October 17, 2013 at 03:49 PM
The more often Tea Partiers and their ill use terms like "Dumbocrats," the more clearly they show how unreasonable they are. While I am no fan of McAuliffe, I'm proud that Virginia is becoming more enlightened every election cycle. Reactionaries like Cuccinelli won't appeal to the majority of voters in the Commonwealth anymore. Ken should pack is bags and move to Alabama or some place like that. Of course, it won't be long before deep Southerners find the GOP too extreme as well
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 03:52 PM
to Paul Gil....with supporters like you, no wonder cuccinelli is going to lose the election....
Paul Gil October 17, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Don't count your chickens before they hatch...... just fighting fire with fire. Dumbocrat is offensive?? Try: Teabagger, Racist, Nazi or terrorist.... Or try using the IRS to punish free speech. If McAuliffe wins then VA will be the next Detroit or CA. Business will get out of VA as they are doing in MD.
Larry McDorchester October 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Not offensive...just pedestrian.
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 05:07 PM
@Paul Gil....I haven't used any of those terms...unlike your reference to "dumbocrat".....as always, if you can't win an argument on facts or logic, just start name-calling.....See you after Nov. 5 ! And I think many businesses/corporations would not be happy with a Cuccinelli governorship.
Paul Gil October 17, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Oldtowner: I can read and know that you did not call me any of those names directly. I also know that you cannot use the IRS to punish me. I also didn't call you a "Dumbocrat" directly. I am not from the Tea Party either, yet there was the assumption. As always, if you can't win an argument on facts or logic, you feel victimized.
oldtowner October 17, 2013 at 05:42 PM
give it up, PG.....you're backing a loser
Fred Newbrough October 19, 2013 at 08:18 PM
It is really funny for someone backing a big money sleaze ball like Terry McAuliffe who bragged about selling sleepovers in the Whitehouse is upset about this fundraiser. What this election comes down to for me is which candidate is going to side with me versus the federal government. There is no question that Ken will oppose taking more of my hard earned money away while Terry has proposed huge new spending in VA which will require higher taxes. Ken fought the EPA rightly when it tried to redefine water as pollution and he has been a big supporter of coal which is now produced in a very clean low pollution fashion. I like the idea of cheap energy and I like the jobs it coal and natural gas provide. Terry has supported the new coal killing EPA regulations which will increase all Virginian's electric bills. I can't support that. Also for all the posturing on women's rights and birth control it is Terry that supports what is the most draconian control and interference into health issues and that is Obamacare. Ken is a liberty candidate. You don't have to agree with him on all social issues but if you are a person who wants to keep more of the money you earn and have more overall control over your own healthcare then Ken Cuccinelli and the Republican ticket is the only real choice. If you want someone who is going to grow spending and government and not defend Virginia against federal interference then vote Terry McAuliffe. I suppose one conman in the oval office deserves another in the Virginia's governors office.
Larry McDorchester October 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
A liberty candidate wouldn't limit academic freedom at the commonwealth's flagship university. Not would a liberty candidate use government resources (tax payer money) to appeal the Supreme Court to reverse decisions on laws regarding what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes (the sodomy laws). Ken isn't truly for less government interference. He actually wants more of it in many instances. The only candidate that is consistently for limiting the government's power to intrude on our lives is Sarvis.
T Ailshire October 20, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Ken Cuccinelli is only pro-liberty if you define liberty as living your life the way he defines it. Look at the bright side. Sarvis is libertarian, and wouldn't be able to get anything done in Richmond, though he could veto bills. A win for everyone.
oldtowner October 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM
@T Ailshire: Like your comment on Sarvis....sad but possibly true. And to Fred N.: As I heard years ago, the words "clean coal" are an oxymoron.
OT insider October 21, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Nice call putting Cooch and the Ayatollah Jackson on the ticket. Thank you Tea Party. With your takeover of the mainstream and your selection of the most extreme candidates in decades, you have handed this election to the Democrats, which will be a historic defeat. Now will you please go away?
oldtowner October 22, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Agree w/ OT Insider (and we are not related). As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for." The Virginia GOP is paying the price for what it did.

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