Cuccinelli endorses GOP's Griffith, Wittman for Congress
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has made two more endorsements for Republican congressional nominations, backing House Majority leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) in the 9th Congressional District and incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R) in the 1st district.
Cuccinelli had previously announced that he endorses Keith Fimian in his race against Pat Herrity for Republican nomination in the 11th district in Northern Virginia. The winner faces incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly (D).
Griffith and Wittman are both safe choices for Cuccinelli, supported by most top Republicans. Republicans in the 9th will hold a convention to choose between Griffith, Adam Light and David Moore, both of Tazewell County, Jessee Ring of Pulaski County and Brandon Roop of Montgomery County. The winner will face Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher in the fall.
Wittman, meanwhile, faces Catherine Crabill in a June 8 primary. No surprise here. Cuccinelli joined pretty much every other Republican at the state level in repudiating Crabill during her run for the House of Delegates last year, after video of a campaign event surfaced in which Crabill worried that conservatives might have to "resort to the bullet box" if they do not win at the ballot box. The winner faces Democrat Krystal Ball in the fall.
Cuccinelli has yet to make an endorsement in either of the state's two more hotly contested Republican primaries, in the 5th Congressional District and the 2nd district.
May 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
Categories: Keith Fimian , Ken Cuccinelli , Pat Herrity , Rick Boucher , Rosalind Helderman
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