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Reports are flooding out of Virginia. The radical right-wing Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has been exposed for using the state credit card for personal purposes and accepting huge benefits for personal gifts – the borrow of a $200,000 Porsche, shoes, a private plane.

And radical right-wing gubernatorial candidate is implicated in the same scandal.

The leadership of the Republican Party and their tail-wagging Tea Party have such disregard and disdain for government and public funds.

It is a real crisis in Virginia – free private flights, the loan of a Porsche, more and more gifts.

Virginia, of course, is a swing state in national elections. It has voted for President Obama twice, but has also voted Right-winger McDonnell. It is a large state with a huge federal and suburban workforce in the north, a large rural population in the southern part of the state, and a large military and working class population in the east, including the shipyards.

In some ways, Virginia shows the box the Republican Party has locked itself in.

Current Gubernatorial candidate Bob Cuccinelli has postured himself as even more to the right of McDonnell.

Cuccinelli is running against former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe.

But this scandal with radical right-wingers McDonnell and Cuccinelli demonstrates the disdain in a very real way that the right-wing and the Tea Party have for government, for budgets, and for all of us who pay 20-30% of our income in taxes.

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Originally posted to StewartAcuff on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 05:13 AM PDT.

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