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UPDATE: McDonnell, Cuccinelli take part in last-minute primary pushes

Rosalind Helderman

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) have made last-minute pitches for their preferred candidates in today's Republican congressional primaries.

McDonnell sent an e-mail to supporters in the 2nd district yesterday to remind them that he has endorsed his longtime friend Scott Rigell in the Virginia Beach primary.

"I've known Scott personally for decades, and know that in Congress he will be a strong partner as we work together to cut out-of-control federal spending, create jobs, keep our military strong and bring accountability to Washington. Scott has solid business sense -- something we desperately need right now in our nation's leadership," McDonnell wrote in the e-mail, which was paid for by his political action committee Opportunity Virginia. The winner will face Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye in the fall.

Meanwhile, Cuccinelli did an automated call to homes in Virginia's 11th district Monday evening, touting his endorsement of Keith Fimian in his primary race against Fairfax Supervisor Pat Herrity. Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall characterized the call as one with a "positive message that supported Keith." It was paid for by Fimian's campaign. The winner of that race takes on Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in November.

UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: Randy Marcus, chief of staff, for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) reports that Bolling has been in action as well, recording an automated call for Rigell earlier this week.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 8, 2010; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  Glenn Nye , Keith Fimian , Ken Cuccinelli , Pat Herrity , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Scott Rigell , Tom Perriello  
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Not so sure if the GOP will not prevail with a dead-cat bounce in VA. Still, if they do win some congressional seats in VA, I actually think it will be in spite of McRobertson and Coochinelli's endorsement. Not because of it.

Most folks in Fairfax actually don't want to celebrate Confederacy Month.

Posted by: free-donny | June 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of buyers remorse for the governor and atty gen. VA does not need more Stone Mountain types running and getting their endorsement Fimian will be rejected in Nov.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 8, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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