Gayle Trotter

As Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe pull neck and neck in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, GOP voters face an imperative to turn out in full force.

The latest Quinnipac poll indicates that the race is now within six points. As the contest comes down to the wire, President Obama hopes to rally his base while McAuliffe hopes independents and GOP voters stay home on Tuesday.

Even after a grueling week of congressional hearings on the ObamaCare fiasco, Obama refused to sit out a vital race across the Potomac River from the White House.

Obama spent his weekend campaigning on McAuliffe’s behalf. The president has stayed on the sidelines until recently, when the prospect of a reliable ally in a key state going into the 2014 elections has created an irresistible temptation to intervene.

McAuliffe’s past has given many Virginia voters pause. He is known as a notorious wheeler-dealer, a “prodigious fundraiser for Bill Clinton” and, as those on his own side call him, the “ultimate political insider.”

His role as chairman of a scandal-plagued electric-car startup with Hillary Clinton’s brother casts doubt on both his competence and his business record.

Contrast that with the revealing episode of Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s endorsement by the Northern Virginia Technological Council PAC. The members found Cuccinelli well prepared and serious, and even though some disagreed with him on certain points they still endorsed him.

McAuliffe tried to persuade the group how he’d get a deal done in Richmond, saying: “I’m an Irish Catholic. I like to drink. It is what is. We’ll go have lunch. We’ll go have drinks. We’ll work the phones. We’ll do whatever it takes to get things done."

He further told the NVTC PAC group that he wouldn’t even read legislation: “I am not going to read every bill when I’m governor. I’m going to hire people to read them for me.”

Isn’t the devastating fallout from the ObamaCare law a result of just exactly that, not reading legislation? Not taking it seriously until it’s too late and people are adversely affected?

McAuliffe is literally telling Virginians he will govern like Obama.

Then there are the absurdly dishonest attack ads falsely claiming that Cuccinelli wants to drag women and their families back to the stone ages. The McAuliffe attack ads has charge that Cuccinelli seeks to limit women’s access to health care.

In this context, though, “women’s healthcare” is a euphemism for government-funded contraception and abortion services.

Gayle Trotter

Gayle Trotter is an attorney and Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.