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Fairfax Chamber Splits Ticket, Endorses Shannon

Rosalind Helderman

Democratic candidate for attorney general Steve Shannon said Tuesday that he couldn't say why he picked up the endorsement of the political action committee of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce when fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, did not.

Chamber leadership said Shannon won out over opponent Ken Cuccinelli in a vote that required approval of 60 percent of the group's trustees. Shannon was cited as a "go-to" delegate on business issues.

"We recognize his hard work in promoting and protecting the interests of our members," said Fran Fisher, chairwoman of the NOVABizPAC.

Shannon said he could not answer why such groups are backing his effort but not his ticket mates' and could only say that they have backed him because he's been a "reliable advocate in the House of Delegates."

"I'm a pro-business, law-and-order centrist. That's how I've governed in the legislature. That's how I intend to govern as attorney general," he said.

Then he mentioned his high ratings from the business group Virginia Free. Shannon received a 70 for the year from the group. McDonnell's been hitting Deeds because he received a 61. (Cuccinelli received a 65.)

The Fairfax Chamber endorsed Republican Bob McDonnell for governor last week, making it one of several business groups splitting their tickets to endorse a Republican for the state's top job and a Democrat for attorney general. Other such organizations include the Realtors and the Virginia Credit Union League.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 29, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
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What's the shock? He represents Tyson's Corner in the House of Delegates. A lot of chamber members do business in Tyson's.

Posted by: sandersedward | September 29, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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