Scott Brown, former Senator from Massachusetts and Fox News contributor, speaking to Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends last Wednesday made some observations about the loss to Terry McAuiffe by Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. None was accurate, one was wild speculation and another blatantly false.
First he claimed, “He brought in all the big guns. Cuccinelli was outspent, I think, 10 or 11 to one.” That claim of course ignored the fact that Cuccinelli himself had received hundreds of thousands from big coal interests, they were very much behind a climate change denier as opposed to an advocate for green energy.
The actual fact is that McAuliffe raised $32 million to Cuccinelli’s $19 million, that is $1.68 to $1, nowhere near the $10 0r $11 to $1 Brown claims. We have to forgive him, math is not a big concern to Republicans, after all you learn that in those ‘liberal’ brainwashing institutions, schools.
He also says of McAuliffe, “There’s nothing moderate about him.” We can forgive that as well, since to most Republicans anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun is a raging Socialist.
He then goes on to assert that Robert Sarvis was a Democrat ‘plant’ recruited to run by the McAuliffe campaign saying, “Democrats have a pretty good gameplay where they will put in a third party libertarian.” He goes on to say, “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a connection there. That libertarian, had he not been there, I think the election would have gone to Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli brought out his base, he talked about the things that mattered. Because remember, he was the first attorney general to actually file [a lawsuit against] Obamacare.” This claim simply ignores the fact that there is absolutely no connection between Sarvis and the Democratic party.
Another fact that Brown is ignoring is that exit polls conducted on election day found that the outcome would have been virtually identical with or without Sarvis in the race, this was reported in The Washington Post. Yes the margin of victory for McAuliffe would have been very slightly smaller but he would have won, even without Sarvis in the race. Five percent of those who voted for Sarvis said that had he not been in the race they would not have voted at all and the rest would have split their votes, some going to Cuccinelli and some to McAuliffe. As the Post noted, “The fact that Democratic voters outnumbered Republican voters by 5 percentage points sealed the victory for McAuliffe.”
Watch Brown’s comments in the video below.