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Shannon Blasts Cuccinelli in New Ad

Anita Kumar

Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, launched a new TV ad today that criticizes Republican Ken Cuccinelli for what Shannon calls a "weak" record on drunk driving legislation.

"My opponent has not released a single plan to combat drunk driving in Virginia, and in the state Senate he has consistently voted against tougher penalties for drunk drivers,'' Shannon said. "Virginia needs better public safety leadership than that."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 14, 2009; 8:14 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon  
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Has Delegate Shannon forgotten the events of July, 2009? Or does he need a history lesson? Senator Ken Cuccinelli called for a special session of Virginia's General Assembly, supported by Governor Tim Kaine, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts to deal with the ramifications of this ruling. Ken Cuccinelli knew that many DUI cases would be dismissed because of this ruling, as well as the problems that would ensue in U.S. states' courts. Because of Senator Cuccinelli's foresight, legislation was proposed and passed to avoid ramifications resulting from Melendez-Diaz in Virginia's courts. Ken Cuccinelli's proactive call for effective legislation trumps any plan Delegate Shannon may have had to prosecute DUI offenders. State legislation v. case-by-case? Hmm...

Posted by: merede3 | October 15, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Meredes3--just how does a hastily prepared press conference absolve an absent legislative record and a solid record of opposition to legislation advanced by the State Police? How can a clumsy press release possibly trump a long record of real accomplishment--from actually working with the system to get change?

Posted by: ViennaBelle | October 15, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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