Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's about top stories including Ken Cuccinelli's possible Senate seat run, Eric Cantor's endorsement from George Allen, and the fate of Montgomery County’s proposed teen curfew.
Cuccinelli considers Senate run in 2014
Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told the Washington Post that he'd consider a run for Sen. Mark Warner’s U.S. Senate seat in 2014. If Cuccinelli follows through on his word, McCartney says there could be two major consequences for Virginia republican politics.
"First of all, I suggest there will not be a high-profile battle within the Republican Party between Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling for the nomination in 2013 to run for governor and succeed the current republican Bob McDonnell," says McCartney. "That's why Bolling was the biggest beneficiary of this statement by Cuccinelli. This instantly raises his status. It outs him as the clear front-runner for the gubernatorial nomination, and it's good news for McDonnell too because he’s been supporting Bolling to be his successor. The second consequence is that Cuccinelli is planting his flag a bit, and he's kind of saying dibs on the right to run for the U.S Senate in 2014. He's affectively telling other ambitious republicans to give up on any plans or at least think twice about having any plans that they'd run for the Senate that year."
Allen endorses House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2012 race
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed republican George Allen in the 2012 race. That's to fill the seat currently held by Jim Webb, and he endorsed him in the primary over former chair of the Tea Party Patriot Federation's Jamie Radtke
McCartney says Cantor's been very popular with conservatives, including the Tea Party faction.
"He's taken such an uncompromising conservative line as the House Majority leader, says McCartney, "But I don't think this is really that big of a surprise. Cantor is part of the state Republican Party establishment, and it is backed firmly behind George Allen in this nomination. The polls have Allen well ahead of Jamie Radtke and anybody else who’s trying for the republican nomination for the Senate this year."
Leggett reinforces the need for teen curfew after 7-Eleven flash mob
In Maryland, a flash mob of teenagers robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in Germantown. Montgomery County had already been considering a youth curfew.
McCartney says the incident calls attention to the proposal by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to have a curfew, which would apply to people under the age of 18.
"Leggett says he wants to get out this problem of flash mobs – of teens using social media to arrange robberies," says McCartney. "Leggett says he basically wants to nip this in the bud. But the curfew does raise some civil liberty issues, so there will be some resistance."