Like a lot of voters here in the Commonwealth, newspapers in Richmond and Charlottesville took a look at the crop of candidates for governor and decided “none of the above.”
The Richmond Times Dispatch said none of the three are worthy of the governorship and, for the first time in the paper’s history, decided to endorse no one for the job.
“We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor,” the paper said in an editorial Sunday. “The major-party candidates have earned the citizenry’s derision.”
The Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, the paper said, “rigged the process for the Republican nomination when his minions changed the system from a primary to a convention, which they considered more likely to produce their desired outcome. The switch mocked Cuccinelli’s advertised fealty to first principles. The expression of raw power would have delighted sachems of Tammany Hall. Virginia does not welcome an in-your-face governor.”
And Terry McAuliffe? The TD said the Democratic candidate “received the Democratic nomination by default. His bid for the 2009 nod failed miserably. A weak bench left him as the only one in 2013’s game. Republican gerrymandering contributed to this. He lost the nomination in large part because he and fellow challenger Brian Moran spent the campaign spitting on each other.”
As for the Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, the paper said, he “has neither embarrassed himself nor insulted the commonwealth, but he lacks the experience the job demands.”
In Charlottesville, the Daily Progress is suggesting the voters write in the name of current Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who’s not running.
“Neither of the two major-party candidates is palatable,” the paper said.