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Virginia Politics Blog: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Perriello's Efforts in Middle East Scrutinized

Democrat Tom Perriello's congressional campaign had been on the upswing in recent weeks. Perriello announced last week he has bankrolled $500,000 for his campaign against Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), who represents a conservative district that stretches from Charlottesville to Danville. Perriello, an attorney, got another piece of good news last week when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it will be targeting Goode, setting the stage for his toughest reelection battle to date. But now comes this potentially damaging article from the Danville Register & Bee, which could become fodder for Goode and Republicans. Perriello's apparent efforts to apologize to Arabs for the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq sets up an interesting contrast in the campaign. Goode made national headlines in 2006 for suggesting Muslims shouldn't be in Congress....

By Tim Craig  |  April 5, 2008; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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Cuccinelli Is First to Enter AG Race

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax), one of Northern Virginia's few conservative elected officials with deep roots in the conservative wing of the Republican Party, announced plans today to run for state attorney general in 2009. Cuccinelli, 39, is a proven campaigner who narrowly won reelection last fall in western Fairfax County despite the region's increasing tendency to choose Democrats at the polls. He touted his conservative credentials on such issues as illegal immigration, gun rights, the death penalty and abortion as evidence that he can court Republican votes and round out a conservative GOP ticket that will also feature Robert F. McDonnell, the current attorney general, for governor, and Lt. Gov. William T. Bolling, who will seek reelection next year. "We have the opportunity to have the strongest ticket that Republicans have fielded in years, many years," Cuccinelli said. "And I believe I can round out that ticket, bringing in...

By Steve Fehr  |  March 31, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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