Shannon, Cuccinelli: Dueling Ads, Endorsements
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.
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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