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Cuccinelli endorses GOP's Griffith, Wittman for Congress

Rosalind Helderman

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.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Keith Fimian , Ken Cuccinelli , Pat Herrity , Rick Boucher , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

Just one more reason not to vote for Wittman.

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | May 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

When did Attorney Generals in VA get SOOOOOOOO involved in politics. Friggin Cuccinelli is governor already, lol. Sorry McDonald errrr McDonnell.

Posted by: slydell | May 20, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

As a newbie to politics it seems to me that endorsements smack of indulgent self-importance. What does an endorsement accomplish? Does it move your herd? How insulting. Why not endorse AFTER the people have decided thereby giving respect to our election process instead of your own importance.

Posted by: JustAnne | May 21, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm a newbie to politics but it seems to me that endorsements smack of indulgent self-importance. What does an endorsement accomplish? Does it move your herd? How insulting. Why not endorse AFTER the people have decided thereby giving respect to our election process instead of your own importance.

Posted by: JustAnne | May 21, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

AN attorney General has NO place endorsing any candidate. This tells me that the state of Virgina is run by crooks and you my dear are the mouth piece for them...pat yourself on the back you've got years of crooked political leadership in store for everyone except losers like you who have made underhanded deals with the current political thieves at the sake of every good man and woman who lives in your state....May GOD forgive you.

Posted by: trobb1 | May 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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