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Shannon Jumps In on McDonnell Thesis

Rosalind Helderman

Remember the Sesame Street song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other?"

It might have seemed a little odd when Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Shannon's campaign declined to comment on Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis, just as the rest of the Democratic establishment was racing to condemn McDonnell for the work.

Apparently, that wasn't where the Shannon campaign wanted to end up on the story of the day, so spokesman Brian Coy put out a new statement on the issue late this afternoon:

"As Attorney General you have to have focus and priorities, and Virginia has some very serious crime fighting challenges that have to be met over the next four years. Virginians deserve to know that Ken Cuccinelli shares the startling political agenda that is outlined in Bob McDonnell's thesis," he said.

Why the shift?

Coy said the campaign had time this afternoon to read McDonnell's thesis more thoroughly, and after doing so, decided it was important to "to make sure it was clear where Steve stands on an agenda like this."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

So Steve opposed welfare reform, disagrees with faith-based initiatives, supports the death tax, doesn't want to prosecute internet predators and would deny parental leave availability? Glad we know what's on his agenda now.

Posted by: OldVirginian | August 31, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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So Steve opposed welfare reform, disagrees with faith-based initiatives, supports the death tax, doesn't want to prosecute internet predators and would deny parental leave availability? Glad we know what's on his agenda now.

Posted by: OldVirginian | August 31, 2009 6:08 PM

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Dear OldVirginian,

Nope, that's not really the issue. Any piece of writing has factually correct information ("It's 1989. This is a master's thesis." etc.). Just because you disagree with the overall thrust and philosophy of the writing doesn't mean you disagree with every last assertion and fact in it. I don't know Shannon's position on a normal inheritance tax, though I support it, as do most Americans (including Bill Gates's dad, who's been active in his support of such a tax). But to assume Shannon disagrees with everything single item is silly. Duh.

Obviously what he is referring to is the overall content (read it--I did). For example, the denigration of: working women, gays, single people, people on welfare, and others. Plus the refusal to accept abortion even in pregnancies resulting from rape. Plus the summary dismissal of all Virginians who don't share McDonnell['s conservative-Judeo-Christian faith. Plus several other scary views, like the prevalence of "the occult" in the media This is off the deep end.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | August 31, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

So does that also mean that Ken opposes women working outside the home, thinks the Supreme Court was wrong to rule that unmarried couples could use birth control, is against access to day care, and wants to abolish no-fault divorce?

Does it mean Ken Cuccinelli agrees with the McDonnell's contention that in terms of "homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter" ?

Does Ken agree with that the government should adopt policies that discriminate against "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."? Does he agree that differential tax rates based on income represents "the slide to socialism."?

Glad to know what's on the agenda of the Republican ticket.

Posted by: terje1 | August 31, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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