More Fallout from Va. Candidate's 'Bullet' Remark
By Fredrick Kunkle
Del. Stephen C. Shannon on Friday denounced the fiery remarks made by Catherine Crabill, the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates from Northern Neck who suggested that bullets might advance political agendas when ballots don't.
"This type of incendiary rhetoric is not only divisive, it's downright reckless," Shannon said.
Shannon, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, also thinks his opponent should denounce Crabill's remarks.
In a press release and telephone conference, Shannon called on Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, GOP's Attorney General candidate, to condemn Crabill's comments because Cuccinelli also has embraced the Tea Party movement.
Shannon also put four questions to Cuccinelli, as follows:
"Do you believe that the President of the United States and federal government employees are domestic terrorists, as Ms. Crabill claims?
"Do you believe Americans should resort to the so-called "bullet box" and violently overthrow their elected representatives if they dislike the result of a democratic election?
"Do you know Catherine Crabill and do you support her candidacy?
"What is your relationship to the organizers of these tea parties?"
Cuccinelli said he would be pleased to answer Shannon's questions -- if Shannon would agree to a debate.
"Steve, why don't we have a four question debate, and I'll answer all four of those questions," Cuccinelli said in a telephone interview. He said that while he had not viewed the video of Crabill's remarks, he would not be building a platform campaign on them any time soon.
"Frankly, the whole thing is silly," Cuccinelli said. "Basically, he's trying to change the subject from the one he's been getting his head beat in on all week."
Cuccinelli suggested that Shannon was tired of talking about whether the General Assembly should hold a special session right away to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has thrown turmoil into state courts around the country after opening a new avenue for criminals to challenge their convictions.
In a 5-4 decision, the high court held that forensic scientists and lab analysts must be available to testify in court about their reports. Some judges in Fairfax and Prince William counties have already tossed drunken-driving cases because of challenges based on the new ruling.
Cuccinelli thinks Virginia lawmakers need to act right away because speedy trial rules might result in some defendants being let go scot free; Shannon supports Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's wait-and-see approach.
As for debates, Cuccinelli has asked for 12; a spokesman for Shannon said nothing has been set yet, but they are evaluating and working to find mutually agreed upon dates.
July 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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