Archives for October 2012

The Cooch in Alexandria

The Cooch will be speaking at the Old Dominion Boat Club tonight on a panel about property rights and eminent domain in Virginia. The event starts at 6:30 and is open to the public. If you’re in the area and ready to Cooch Watch, please attend, bring signs, and wear red!

  • Date: Today, Thursday, October 25
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Old Dominion Boat Club – One King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


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Cooch Watch Takes Manassas!

The Cooch will be speaking with the Values Voter Bus Tour, an anti-gay marriage tour traveling around the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is important that we get Cooch Watchers to this event in order to let The Cooch know we do not approve and let him know we will never let him be Governor!

  • Date: Friday, October 26th
  • Time: 5:00pm (meet at church) / 6:00pm (rally)
  • Location: Manassas Reconciliation Community Church — 14854 Joplin Rd, Manassas, VA 20112

There will be a carpool leaving Richmond at 3pm from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (200 N Boulevard, Richmond, 23220). If you can offer rides from any location, please e-mail us at

You can find the Facebook event here.



The Cooch will investigate voter fraud

The State Board of Elections has officially requested an investigation on recent voter fraud in Virginia by the Office of the Attorney General. Yesterday, a letter from The Cooch to Rep. Don McEachen stated that the AG can’t investigate voter fraud unless a formal request is issued by the State Board of Elections, a local commonwealth’s attorney, or a local electoral board member. The Cooch vows “a thorough investigation” will take place now that an investigation has been requested, but we’re not so sure about that…

You’ve been Cooch Watched!

At about 12:30pm today, The Cooch posted a notice on his Facebook page stating he’d be speaking at Poe’s Pub in Richmond at 1pm for the Americans for Prosperity bus tour. We here at Cooch Watch got our stuff together, put out a call to action, and showed up at this event just in time to snatch up two tables, front and center. The Cooch sat next to us before he was introduced as their keynote speaker. He then spoke while several Cooch Watchers (in our bright red shirts) watched in disgust (and boredom). He looked quite uncomfortable.

From now on, we can expect that The Cooch will not reveal when he will be at public events. If you hear about any Cooch appearances in advance, please let us know. Also, keep an eye out on our Facebook page every day for last minute calls to action.

The Cooch “does not have the authority to investigate”

In case you missed it, Virginia has fallen victim to real voter fraud. Colin Small, a man working for the Republican Party of Virginia through a contracting agency called Pinpoint, has been charged with 13 counts of destruction of voter registration applications, disclosure of voter registration information, and obstruction of justice. The crimes are currently being investigated by “local authorities.”

Citizens of Virginia and Democrats in public office have urged The Cooch to investigate this voter fraud. The Cooch recently sent a letter to Rep. Donald McEachin stating that the office of the Attorney General “does not have the authority to investigate election matters.” This is because it has not been explicitly requested by the State Board of Elections, a local commonwealth’s attorney, or a local electoral board member. In his letter he also stated that he agrees with Rep. McEachin that the Attorney General should have the authority to investigate voter fraud without the request of another entity. He vowed to help Rep. McEachin pass a law during the next legislative session that would give this authority to the Attorney General.

The Virginia Board of Elections has stated that they will not request an investigation by The Cooch.

VA Health Commissioner Remley resigns over new abortion regulations

Virginia’s Health Commissioner, Karen Remley, courageously resigned from her position because of new abortion clinic regulations. These new onerous regulations were passed after The Cooch bullied and threatened the Board of Health to vote in line with his views. He favored the exclusion of a grandfather clause that would protect existing clinics from closure. These medically unnecessary regulations were passed in June with an amendment that included a grandfather clause, but it was promptly removed by order of The Cooch. The Board of Health re-voted in September and passed the regulations without the grandfather clause.

Karen Remley stated in her resignation letter, “Unfortunately, how specific sections of the Virginia Code pertaining to the development and enforcement of these regulations have been and continue to be interpreted has created an environment in which my ability to fulfill my duties is compromised and in good faith I can no longer serve in my role.”

We commend her for her hard work and effort during this process. We here at Cooch Watch appreciate this brave step she has taken in making people aware of unacceptable behavior of government officials in the Commonwealth.

The news has spread far and wide and you can read about it from USA Today, the Ms. Foundation, Washington Post, and Think Progress.


Donations from Who?!

It was recently discovered that the Cooch received sizeable donations from a man who created a fake charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Unsuspecting contributors to this otherwise innocuous sounding charity were unwittingly filling the coffers of Mr. Cuccinelli whom Bobby Thompson, the creator of the bogus fund, was especially fond of. Mr. Thompson gave the Cooch $55,500 in three donations, the last of which amounted to $50,000. The Cooch was rewarded with this last donation after he personally called Mr. Thompson to plead for additional money.


It is perhaps irresponsible to claim that the Cooch was privy to the fraudulent origin of the donations he so hungrily accepted. But while I doubt his innocence, ignorance further incriminates the man. His apparent unwillingness to investigate the suspiciously large contributions betrays any confidence citizens are supposed to have in our elected officials. Or perhaps he recognized some potential malfeasance, but willfully ignored any red flags. Both possibilities seem equally reprehensible. And all this from our Attorney General, the very person we should expect to be of particular scrupulousness in such matters.

This sort of news is disheartening and emblematic of wider problems in the extant political atmosphere. It serves to corrode the sliver of trust politicians had left and reminds us of the ills of money in politics. It is unfortunate that the people have to police politicians, but encouraging that so many great people tirelessly do so.

(Post by guest writer Michael S. of Woodbridge, Virginia)

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The Cooch and Domestic Violence

If you’ve read this post by Cooch Watch, you know that The Cooch really doesn’t care about women and families who suffer from domestic violence. He refused to sign a letter to Members of Congress requesting that the Violence Against Women Act be reinstated because it would help strengthen domestic violence prevention programs, provide better services for victims of domestic violence, and train people to recognize warning signs of domestic violence. Attorneys General from 47 of the 50 United States signed this document, along with all Attorneys General from outlying territories.

On October 15th, The Cooch suddenly cared about domestic violence. The Cooch “hosted a ceremony to recognize community leaders from ten localities across the commonwealth who have taken a stand against domestic violence.” During a speech at the event, The Cooch declared that domestic violence “affects all races, all genders, all ages and all socio-economic levels.” He didn’t, however, recognize that women are eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner and low-income families are 3 times more likely to be affected by domestic violence. 75% of women who are murdered are killed by domestic partners. Sharing those facts would require him to acknowledge that women and low-income families exist.


Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics,