How much does Ken Cuccinelli love McDonald's?
His gubernatorial campaign reported making 20 visits in the month of June alone.
He's spent more than $1,700 there in 2012 and so far in 2013 — more than at any other single restaurant.
Asked what his favorite menu item is, a campaign spokeswoman promptly responds: "sweet tea!"
Oh, and his driver unabashedly posted this on Twitter:
Extra sugar in the hot chocolate pic.twitter.com/ghcJNBa8XE— Ken Is My Co-Pilot (@chenarddog) May 6, 2013
But that doesn't mean the attorney general doesn't mind throwing the restaurant under the campaign bus when it's politically advantageous.
Last week the campaign of the Republican gubernatorial hopeful excitedly shared a Times-Dispatch column that disparaged his opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, as the Big Mac of politics: "filling, not satisfying. Too much is bad for you." The campaign turned the whole thing into an online ad laden with greasy fast-food imagery.
The Web-only spot, of course, is rhetorical. Based on the campaign finance filings cited above, Cuccinelli must love Big Macs. Meanwhile, McAuliffe's largest fast-food expense tops out at $179 spent over two trips to Papa John's pizzeria.