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Shannon, Cuccinelli: Dueling Ads, Endorsements

Anita Kumar

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general, released his first TV ad today, a week after his Democratic rival Steve Shannon released his first two ads.

Cuccinelli also released endorsements from 77 sheriffs, commonwealth's attorneys and other elected law enforcement officials from across the state at a news conference today in Richmond. Some commended him for calling on Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to convene a special session this summer to revise laws to conform to new standards set by the Supreme Court that live testimony is needed to introduce scientific reports in criminal trials.

"When justice was denied here in Virginia this summer, Ken Cuccinelli stepped up to the plate,'' Chesterfield Commonwealth's Attorney Billy Davenport said.

Meanwhile, Shannon announced the endorsements of 40 law enforcement and first response organizations and officials from across the state, including the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, the Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Virginia Professional Firefighters and others.

"I've known and respected Steve for a long time, as I've followed his career as a tough prosecutor, a strong advocate for children, and a steadfast supporter of law enforcement officers," said Beth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff.

Shannon also picked up the support of the political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, which has gone with Republicans in the past. In a press release, chamber officials talk about the difficult decision they had to make.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 28, 2009; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon  
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Sadly, Senator Cuccinelli's interest in this matter is only based on political opportunism. When Shannon sponsored legislation in 2007 that would have resolved the problem in a predominance of cases, Senator Cuccinelli refused to sign on as a co-patron.

Last summer, Cuccinelli woke up to the issue and jumped the band wagon, while Shannon advocated to exercise judiciousness. Cooch's actions do speak, as Shannon states, of political opportunism and hastiness. That's not an effective trait in an attorney general.

Posted by: ViennaBelle | September 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but Shannon is more concerned with 'how' people view him then he is about standing up for people's rights. The difference between Cuccinelli and Shannon is simple... it's "spine". Shannon has a lot of professional growth he still needs to do to make him a real competitor against Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli doesn't jump on 'bandwagons' or do what he thinks is going get him the popular vote. Cuccinelli is exactly what this State needs... someone with 'spine', 'solid moral compass' and 'unwavering ethics'. Cuccinelli is a Vriginia favorite because people know they can always depend on him.

Posted by: leekristi29 | September 30, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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