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Shannon blasts Cuccinelli for 'personal political agenda'

Anita Kumar

Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, released two new TV ads today. Both ads attack his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, for having what Shannon calls a "personal political agenda."

"Unfortunately, my opponent has not released a single public safety proposal,'' Shannon said. "Instead, he has focused on divisive issues and his personal political agenda, and has even said won't enforce laws he disagrees with."

Watch the ads here:

By Anita Kumar  |  October 20, 2009; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon  
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Lame.

The ads are well made and all and bring up some good points, but the 'ol "my opponent supports sex offenders" is the dirtiest, stupidest trick in the book. Any politician of either party can find a way to spin that and it is disgusting and offensive, especially to children who have been molested and their families.

As for the bill requiring clergy to report abuse - it actually sounds really bad in this ad, because one of the strictest laws of the Catholic Church, which to priests is the law of God above that of the State, is the confidentiality of reconciliation.

Now - I looked up 2004's SB 314 as cited in this ad, and the bill specifically excempts confidentiality doctrines of Churches.

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=041&typ=bil&val=SB314

Of course, the ad doesn't have time to say all that, so it just sounds like an attack on Ken Cuccinelli's faith. As I said: lame.

That having been said: I think it's crucial to point out that Steve Shannon has experience as a prosecutor - far more qualified to be AG than a professional right-winger.

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 20, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Where does this job description say be top prosecutor in the state?
Maybe more folks should read the job description.
http://www.oag.state.va.us/OUR_OFFICE/Role.html

The duties and powers include:

Provide legal advice and representation to the Governor and executive agencies, state boards and commissions, and institutions of higher education. The advice commonly includes help with personnel issues, contracts, purchasing, regulatory and real estate matters and the review of proposed legislation. The Office also represents those agencies in court.
Provide written legal advice in the form of official opinions to members of the General Assembly and government officials.
Defend criminal convictions on appeal, and defend the state when prisoners sue concerning their incarceration.
Defend the constitutionality of state laws when they are challenged in court.
Enforce state laws that protect businesses and consumers when there are violations. Individual consumer complaints are usually handled by another agency.
Represent consumers in utility matters before the State Corporation Commission.
Collect debts owed to state agencies, hospitals and universities.
Conduct or assist criminal investigations and prosecutions in certain limited cases (for example Medicaid fraud, money laundering, theft of state property, environmental crimes, and computer crimes).
Represent the Department of Social Services in its efforts to collect child support on behalf of children and families.
Supervise the appointment and payment of private attorneys hired by other state agencies for various matters.
Assist victims of crime who are following criminal cases at the appellate level.
Provide information to the public on Identity Theft prevention and remediation.
Administer grants to help reduce crimes involving gangs, drugs and sex predators.
Administer the Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Program to protect children from the most dangerous predators.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | October 24, 2009 5:56 AM | Report abuse

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