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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.

By Matt Mosk  |  July 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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I love this Crabkill woman!! I hope she keeps speaking her true beliefs!! If Virginia had more women and men come out and speak their true beliefs like her, we'd finally have enough votes to send the entire collection of Republican delegates down the James River like all the other pollution they create.

Then with a Democrat majority in the House, we can finally make the investments in education and transportation that will raise the standard of living in the Commonwealth and put us on the path to a brighter economic future.

BTW, Cuccinelli is just as big a whack job, so Voters Beware.

Posted by: thuff7 | July 18, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Notice that Cuccinelli doesn't offer any real ideas on addressing the Supreme Court ruling. Will he support funding training institutes to create more lab technicians to testify. (How many Virginians could use a good job?) Does he support more money to universities to educate a new crop of scientists? Does he support increasing funds to hire more lab technicians as state employees?

Here is a chance to make an investment in Virginians. The money spent on this training and education will produce high-paying jobs that pay more in taxes, add to the economy and make new forensic science discoveries that will make us all safer from criminals.

But no, he will continue to advocate for more budget cuts, less money for education and public safety so he and his rich buddies can continue to grow richer and pay less taxes.

Posted by: thuff7 | July 18, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse


if your raise taxes your lower the standard of living? typical ignorant liberal socialist Dem!

And no I dont support Cuccinelli refuse to support anyone who home schools their spawn? The Republicans in Va love to throw out candidates for statewide office that home school their spawn.

Problem we have in NOVA is we can't trust any member of the Va house or senate even the local ones do we get our fair share in tax dollars. I support a tax increase only if it requires that NOVA gets at least 70 cents of every dollar it sends to Richmond back in either dollars or services. Currently FFx Cty gets less than 20 cents back on every tax dollar we send South.

A noose and lynching are more effective than bullets any day for wayward elected officials.

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | July 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli says that this issue is meant to distract voters. Wouldn't the easy thing to do be to answer the questions and remove the distraction? Or is he afraid that the answers will cause more discussion.

Posted by: alysheba_3 | July 19, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

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