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Scary Music Award: Cuccinelli

Amy Gardner

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general from Fairfax County, wins the Scary Music Award this week for a new Web ad he is circulating linking his Democratic opponent, Steve Shannon, to ACORN, the troubled liberal political action group.

In the ad, Cuccinelli slams Shannon for remaining silent about ACORN'S substantial troubles (including the embezzlement of nearly $1 million by a top officer as well as a video capturing two people posing as a prostitute and pimp receive counseling from ACORN workers that could help them evade federal tax laws).

The ad also hits Shannon for receiving money from the powerful Service Employees International Union, which also has given money to ACORN.

"SEIU, ACORN, Steve Shannon: A trio Virginia can't afford to put in power," the narrator says.

Shannon's campaign manager, Mike Henry, quickly put out an email to supporters making fun of Cuccinelli's ad and comparing it to a Saturday Night Live parody of political attack ads.

Is the Cuccinelli ad a stretch? You be the judge. View the ad here:

By Amy Gardner  |  September 20, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Gosh, it's sort of like playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon without degrees, Kevin Bacon or good sense.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | September 21, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It's not just a stretch, it is downright disingenuous as it is a "canned" strategy being used statewide by the GOP....this "Acorn" gimmick is turning up everywhere, even in delegate's races like Shields v. O'bannon in Henrico Co. See

Cuccinelli needs to talk about real issues, not just those being fed to him by the GOP propaganda apparatus.

Posted by: constancetrusty | September 21, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

This would be funny if the campaign weren't for attorney general. Under Cuccinelli, law-abiding citizens should be afraid of being prosecuted for the flimsiest of connections.

Posted by: valandsend | September 22, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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