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National GOP Getting Involved in AG's Race

Anita Kumar

Everyone knew national Republicans would invest heavily in former attorney general's Robert F. McDonnell's campaign for governor.

But now, they have even started getting involved in the attorney general's race.

Is it because every win is crucial to down-and-out Republicans hoping to turn their party around? Or is because the attorney general's office is always considered a stepping stone to a run for governor?

Whatever the reason, prepare for a slew of surrogates to swarm Virginia this spring.

Mike Huckabee, the guitar-playing Baptist preacher and former Arkansas governor, has already been here for State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax). And former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson just announced that he is throwing his support behind Cuccinelli too.

John Brownlee, the former top prosecutor for Virginia's western district, snagged the support of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.

Cuccinelli and Brownlee will compete for the Republican nomination with David Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, at the state GOP convention May 30.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 23, 2009; 9:31 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Well, there goes the neighborhood! I suppose you can't keep these people from crossing over the borders - especially when they are invited. This is the problem with having one of only two gubernatorial elections in the whole country this year. Now everyone wants to come play in our sandbox for lack of something better to do. I hope Virginians look with skepticism at what any of these people have to say about what goes on in our commonwealth. Virginia is the birthplace of presidents and statesmen and I don't think we need celebrity politicians telling us how to vote.

Posted by: csread | April 23, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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