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Shannon links Cuccinelli to Hamilton in new ad

Sandhya Somashekhar

Steve Shannon, the Democrat running for attorney general, released a new ad today titled "Cronies," in which he ties his opponent, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, to embattled Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News).

Cuccinelli was the only statewide candidate this year not to ask Hamilton to resign after it was revealed that Hamilton sought a job at Old Dominion University while also trying to get state money for the school. In August, Cuccinelli said he believed that the voters should decide Hamilton's fate.

"The circumstances that Delegate Phil Hamilton is involved in are disappointing,'' he said at the time. "My understanding of those circumstances suggest that it is in an issue between Del. Hamilton and voters in his district. The issue is now on the table in that race and will be part of the decision voters in that district make as they consider who will represent them in the state house over the next two years."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 19, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Ken Cuccinelli , Sandhya Somashekhar , Steve Shannon  
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Steve was absolutely 100% right--with Ken Cuccinelli, EVERYTHING is a political stunt, including our state government. God help this Commonwealth if Kook wins this race....

This is easily the most extreme idelogue-driven ticket in the history of the Virginia GOP--and that is SAYING SOMETHING!!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Somashekhar: Is there any merit to Cuccinelli's assertion that Shannon would have to recuse himself as attorney general because of Shannon's public condemnation of Hamilton? This seems to be a vital point in whether Shannon's ad has merit and integrity or whether this is completely one-sided politics. Your challenge is whether you will update your blog with the crucial facts. I hope you will.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | October 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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