Former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is the new president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group organized by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina that has worked to support conservative political candidates across the country — oftentimes against Republican incumbents.
“I’m honored to serve as the next president of the Senate Conservatives Fund,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “I’ve always had tremendous respect for this organization and applaud its members for working to elect principled conservatives.”
Mr. Cuccinelli, a hero among many in the grassroots GOP, lost to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in last year’s gubernatorial race in the state. Along the way, he managed to edge aside former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling for the Republican nomination.
Mr. Bolling’s views and positions were largely in line with Mr. Cuccinelli’s, but he was seen as more accommodating to the GOP establishment and business community in the state.
The news comes on the heels of a stunning loss for Mr. Cuccinelli’s fellow Virginian, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, to the tea party-backed Dave Brat in the Republican primary in the contest to represent the state’s 7th congressional district in Congress.
“I want to thank Congressman Cantor for his service to Virginia,” Mr. Cuccinelli wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night. “The grassroots have spoken, and I’m confident that Dave Brat will capably and conservatively represent Virginia’s 7th District.”
In a video message to SCF supporters, Mr. Cuccinelli described himself as “an unwavering constitutional conservative.”
“Going forward, we’re going to continue to fight to elect even more conservatives, and that means continuing to stand up to the status quo, continuing to support conservative candidates wherever we find them, and, yes, that means continuing to take on Republican incumbents who’ve lost their way,” Mr. Cuccinelli said.