Shannon On the Air
Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, debuted two television ads this week describing his plans to be tough on sexual predators if he's elected attorney general.
According to the most recent campaign finance reports, Shannon holds a more than two-to-one financial advantage over his opponent, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, with $1.6 million in the bank compared to Cuccinelli's $752,000. Shannon has decided to start spending it with a television ad buy in Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke and the Abingdon/Bristol market, as well as a cable buy in Northern Virginia.
In the new ads, Shannon touts his background as a prosecutor and his role creating Virginia's AMBER Alert system. He promises to be tough on sexual predators, Internet criminals and gang leaders who recruit children. We all know that the attorney general's office is mostly about providing legal advice to state government and defending state laws in court. But according to the Shannon campaign, Internet crimes are one area where state code gives the attorney general authority to play a role in prosecutions.
Here are the ads, with the scripts below.
Script: When a child is abducted, the first few hours are the most important. It's why Steve Shannon and his wife brought the AMBER Alert to Virginia, to make every minute count. As a prosecutor Steve Shannon sent sexual predators, drunk drivers and child molesters to prison. As Attorney General, Steve Shannon will target internet predators and gang leaders that recruit children. As Attorney General, Steve Shannon will focus on keeping families safe.
Script: If you're trafficking in child pornography you should listen to what I am saying. We know who you are. Law enforcement has tracked child pornography to 19,357 specific computers across Virginia. I am Steve Shannon and when I am Attorney General we will use that information to track down exactly where you are. We will find you, and we will find those children and bring them to safety. Steve Shannon for Attorney General- A Prosecutor to Protect our Families.
September 23, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , Amy Gardner , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon
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