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Posted at 3:21 PM ET, 10/19/2010

A Ken Cuccinelli for the District?

By Martin Austermuhle

The District's attorney general, Peter Nickles, has drawn plenty of criticism for not being independent enough from the man who appointed him, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. But just across the river, Virginians have had to deal with Ken Cuccinelli II, the commonwealth's elected attorney general, whose aggressive conservative stances on everything from climate change research to health-care reform to anti-gay discrimination to the state seal have made even his fellow Republican, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, slightly uncomfortable.

Just two weeks from now, D.C. voters will be asked to decide whether they'd rather maintain the status quo or elect the city's top law enforcement official starting in 2014. In essence, they'll have to decide if they'd rather have a Nickles or a Cuccinelli.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local..

By Martin Austermuhle  | October 19, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, Fenty, HotTopic  
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