Chris Christie Aide Responds To Ken Cuccinelli Calls for RGA Resignation

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A senior political adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck back at former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday, after Cuccinelli called on Christie to step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

“I think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role,” Cuccinelli said on CNN’s Crossfire Tuesday. “He does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman.”

Later that night, Christie strategist Michael DuHaime responded. “This is disappointing, given the RGA was by far the largest single donor to his losing campaign, giving more than $8 million — a significant portion of which was raised by Governor Christie,” Duhaime said.

Cuccinelli, who ran for Virginia governor last year, losing in a surprisingly close election, has long blamed establishment Republicans, including Christie for not doing enough to help his campaign. On election night, his top strategist, Chris LaCivita, complained to the Washington Post that Cuccinelli was without television cover because he was abandoned by establishment Republicans when he was down in the polls, a charge echoed by Tea Party groups. Cuccinelli aides also grumbled that Christie would not make an appearance in Virginia on his behalf while campaigning for his own re-election. Cuccinelli, who alienated some moderate Republican bigwigs with his conservative social positions, struggled raising money on his own in a state that allowed unlimited campaign contributions.

Over the weekend, Christie appeared at multiple closed-door fundraisers with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, but the pair worked hard to avoid cameras in the Sunshine State as Democrats attempted to use Christie as a political weapon. But Christie, who drew 200 donors to the home of billionaire Ken Langone, brought in the dough, transferring at least $2.5 million from the RGA to Scott’s campaign.

 

56 comments
RaulMillerMiller
RaulMillerMiller

Cuccinelli barely dodged the bullet in Va. for accepting donor gifts

RaulMillerMiller
RaulMillerMiller

What happened to civility, as soon as there is any difference of opinion, people start calling names and become unhinged. Slow down people it's only conjectures. By 2016 Chris Christie will run as GOP nominee, and the fun will really begin

LouiseH
LouiseH

Team Christie reveals just *why* he is going to remain as head of the RGA: he's the perfect bagman. Notice that they don't answer any questions about the Governor's ethics or legal troubles, and the effects they might have on the GOP brand? Nah, it's all about the cash he delivered. That may be the reason that Christie stays in the spot, as well - he knows how to get pay-for-play money into the 501(c)(4)s, like Committee for Our Children's Future.


Perhaps the GOP figures that with enough cash, they can buy the Presidential election, as well as the elections of the entire Congress. Maybe they are right. In that case, it won't Matter whether Christie is innocent or not.

SusanDruss
SusanDruss

I really want to know what Wildstein and Kelly have to say and what proof they have. I believe Christie was behind all of this, but there must be proof, not heresay.

JeffPutterman
JeffPutterman

I can't wait until Wildstein and Kelly get immunity.


Then we will get to see this fake tough guy bawl like a little girl.  


Hubris is a nasty disease, and the fat man caught it long ago.  How dumb is he to blow his chance to be president just so he can slap around a couple of punk mayors?

AngieAltmann
AngieAltmann

Cuccinelli had better watch his kneecaps...

jbssanfrancisco
jbssanfrancisco

oh ho.  Another one of those Chris Christie aids speaks up.  We know the mentality behind it.

jrawlings99
jrawlings99

If asked about the reply Gov. Christie will it was his aide not him as he never does anything that is found wrong, corrupt, retaliation or just criminal.  He knows he holds the title and gives the orders but never takes the blame.  The real reason for Christie/Scott not together is Scott holds the US record for the larges Medicaid Scam and now Christie the crook would not do well with headlines.  But remember these millionaires poured their money into Romney/Ryan ticket and lost.   Christie will go the same way as Gov. McDonnell of Virginia.  Republicans get over in State crimes but lose in Federal crimes and Christie now has the Feds to deal with.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

So long as I get someone to say what I want to say , then I don't actually say what I don't want to say .

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

You notice that it wasn't Christie who responded, but one of his aides.  This is a man who delegates such tasks, and if you ever doubted that he was behind all those situations of political bullying and retribution, please take note.


The real importance, though, of Cuccinelli's point is that Christie doesn't have the support of the "populist" fringe of the Republican party.  While this is no surprise, it's a heads-up for those who believe that the loudest voices in the Republican party will accept another "mainstream" GOP-dictated candidate after two humiliating losses in a row.

EmilysLegs
EmilysLegs

This morning yet another Christie staffer said the George Washington Bridge lane closings were caused by an insensitive YouTube video. Christie's political life has morphed into a Marx Brother's movie. http://bit.ly/1hnmvab

SamuelClemens
SamuelClemens

I mean we bought him. We paid him somewhere north of 8 mil. In Jersey you stay bought. But oh no, some sissy from Virginia just has to shout his mouth off. We know how to take care of you, pal.

RichardWad2u
RichardWad2u

Here's the real problem with Chris Christie: He was never electable BEFORE any of this happened because he would never have made it through the primaries in the southern states. Then, to make matters worse, he was photographed walking around with Obama after the hurricane and the tea-stains started calling him RINO. Now that these scandals have erupted and the media has started exposing his corruption, he has become a conservative "darling". NOW, for the first time, they will see him as a martyred soldier and rally around him. In the conservative world, when one of their own is exposed as corrupt, it makes them MORE loved and inspires an irrational loyalty. Christie's ONLY chance of making it through the primaries was to have a scandal that the mainstream media would lambaste him for. I don't think he planned it this way, but it's the best thing that could have happened to him politically, at least as a presidential hopeful.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Cucinelli is right. To pick a man who criticizes his own party more than he criticize the Democrats, picks fights with his prospective GOP rivals than criticize Hillary, his presumed opponent {in fact never read him make any comment on the Benghazi scandal, hugged Obama in delight so much they have to use a crowbar to pry them apart. He will just destroy the party from within all using bipartisanship as an alibi.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@jbssanfrancisco Just a little and gentle reminder. Hillary has yet to speak up on Benghazi, and even her aides are mum on this. Just a reminder to take into consideration.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DavidStrayer Just a little and gentle reminder, Hillary has yet to make a comment on Benghazi and even her aides are mum on this. Just something to take into consideration.

jmac
jmac

@RichardWad2u He had the GOP big money behind him and the establishment behind him.   He was going to skew right during the primaries, then unlike Romney, he was going to etch-a-sketch and skew center.   I think he had as much chance as Romney - or better.  


This scandal didn't help him because now in the primaries (if he makes it that far) he's going to be hit hard - by Rand Paul and all the Tea Party.   The only Republican out there defending him now is Giuliana - so I think you're wrong.   



LouiseH
LouiseH

@ReneDemonteverdeDo the Google and you will see that Christie is swearing that he never "hugged" Obama.Arm arounf the shoulders? Yes. Handshakes? Yes. Byt a HUG? Oh, no, never - because that would make him look bad to the GOP primary voters!

LOL - he'll probably run a TV ad in primary states: "I never hugged Obama! And I'm sad/betrayed that you think so."


ThomasLindenmuth
ThomasLindenmuth

@ReneDemonteverde

Destroy the party? Let's see, who did the republicans line up with the last time? Santorum, Trump, Bachmann, Paul, and some guy that believes space aliens delivered secret texts from God that only ONE MAN will ever be allowed to see.


Yep, done and done! The party was destroyed a long time ago. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

JeffPutterman
JeffPutterman

@ReneDemonteverdeJust a reminder: when you post stupid things in public, you look stupid for all to see.


It's your right, under the first amendment, to parade your lack of intelligence in public, but it's not your obligation.

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde Just a reminder - FAst and Furious died because you had nothing; the IRS 'scandal' died because you had nothing; Benghazi died because you had nothing.


Christie, however, has lawyered up.   Samson has really lawyered up.   Christie has reminded everyone AGAIN that 65,000 employees have access to his stationary.  


If Issa wanted to do his job rather than beat a dead horse - he could be having hearings on what happened to the Sandy money.    That was a lot of money.  Where did it go besides making a beach commercial for Christie and family?  

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@ReneDemonteverde @DavidStrayer  

I refer you to the replies to your comment.  Hillary testified in a public senatorial committee hearing.  At that hearing, Sen. Rand Paul engaged in a long rant and Hillary's response to him put him to shame (that is, if he had any).


You may refer to the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBojGPbPx-c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0AKNQBV80

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PktoYhxQ6y0


As you say, just a gentle note to refresh your memory.

JeffPutterman
JeffPutterman

Rene,  What time do you start drinking each day, or are you still drunk from last night?

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde @DavidStrayer Hillary testified  before a committee.  Christie - he's being investigated by the State, the Legislature and the Attorney General (that he appointed).  Three agencies in New Jersey.  


It's absolutely clear that the video was part of the problem.  It's clear from the general that offered the help that the diplomats were offered help twice in the weeks before.  It's clear they decided to rely on their sources in Libya.  


Just a gentle reminder.     

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@roknsteve @ReneDemonteverde The truth hurts, huh ? Do not worry. I will be posting rejoinder to your comments. Just read it. Or you could listen and watch Fox News. They are fair and balanced.

joyoung5000
joyoung5000

@RichardWad2u@ReneDemonteverde Sorry Rene, I have to agree with Richard. You are hell-bent on defending this despicable human being with the initials CC, and are trying darn hard to tie the dems to it.  Give up or go on fox news page. Their lies are more suited to your mentality

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@jmac Jmac Where are you hiding again ? It is always like this. Like a drive by shooting. If you cannot answer you disappear. Libturds seem to have a bad habit of posting and if cornered will hide or shift to other topics.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@jmac @ReneDemonteverde How could it die if no documents and witnesses requested was presented as was requested Jmac ? You can have that fat tub of lard Jmac. Keep him. My concern is the country and the country alone.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DavidStrayer@ReneDemonteverdeWatched that too. Rand Paul was not put to shame. On the contrary it was Hillary who bluff, huff and puff in mock anger. She knows she will be cornered if she answers truthfully. Give it up. It is not possible to defend the indefensible. You people wont hesitate to blame Dubya for Obama`s incompetence but refuses to blame Hillary for her role in the Benghazi scandal.

joyoung5000
joyoung5000

@jmac@ReneDemonteverde @DavidStrayer

Thanks for your "gentle reminder" jmac.  You are spot on with your reminder.  Rene, you need to wake up and realize your man is in the weeds.  You republiCONS are grasping at straws to try to relate the two.  One was a tragic accident the other was a DELIBERATE attempt to do harm to American citizens. Who would you vote for on that record? hmmm.. I know for whom I WOULDN'T vote!

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@RaulMillerMiller @ReneDemonteverde @LouiseH No they really hugged. Heard it took a crowbar to separate the two. Christie can hugged that hard. If the crowbar did not work, I heard they were prepared to use a tractor. Google it. Christie. Obama. Crowbar. Last resort. Tractor. Go on.

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde @roknsteve I watched Fox tonight.  I watch Megyn crying that no one was covering  the abortion protest as House gets ready (first on the agenda) to ban abortion.


I also watched C-Span and  Scalia argue that maybe a little whispering old woman shouldn't be behind a safety zone as women try to get into abortion clinics because she has the right to free speech.    Of course, the Supremes have a 250 foot zone that I'm not allowed to whisper in their ear in.   What about my free speech?  I only want to whisper to Scalia. 


I watched O'Reilly until he said Bernie and the comic were coming on.   Too bad he can never actually get a reporter on to report.  He can't even read from a paper!  He's a good salesmen for his products, though.   Roger Ailes was right on that one.   


I also read Beck's apology.   Maybe Greta will be next to apologize.   I watched her too.  She's fast becoming as bad as Hannity/Beck.  It had to have hurt to have her moved to a new time - one step out the door as she becomes so right-wing trying to hang onto her job?  


I watched every pundit on  Fox yesterday try to lie about what the Mayor of Fort Lee got in Sandy money.  Every one of them rely on their audience being stupid.   They know their audience.  


JeffPutterman
JeffPutterman

Rene, Still drunk?  And still stupid?  That's not a good way to waste your life.