Just a few months back, while still on the campaign trail, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) was eager to talk about transportation, taxes, schools and development -- meaty issues that nicely turned voters' attention away from his reputation as the Virginia Senate's leading voice for conservative social policy.
Cuccinelli's campaign strategy of emphasizing his hard stance against expansive state spending worked, even in a district that's trending Democratic. He won reelection, swimming against a Democratic tide in Northern Virginia. But now he's back in Richmond, back among friends who appreciate and relish the real Ken Cuccinelli.
"I come to you as the only conservative on the Senate side from Northern Virginia," Cuccinelli told a meeting of the Family Foundation, the lobby that fights in Richmond against abortion, no-fault divorce, embryonic stem cell research and pornography. The crowd responded with warm applause, leading the senator to quip, "I can't get this in Fairfax."