Former attorney general candidate Shannon forms new PAC
Former Democratic Delegate Steve Shannon has launced a new political action committee, Virginians for a Better Way, as Shannon puts his toe back into politics.
Shannon got walloped by Ken Cuccinelli in the race for attorney general in November. (Cuccinelli is fond of noting that he won the election with more votes than anyone else who has ever run for the office.) Shannon had resigned his Fairfax delegate's seat to run for the office, and he's been largely out of the public eye since.
But he's been spotted at various Democratic events, including the party's big Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and at last weekend's state central committee meeting. In an interview, Shannon described the committee, which the Virginia Public Access Project reports was registered Friday, as an attempt to form a counterbalance to the Tea Party, to encourage Democratic politics at the grassroots level.
"We're going to focus on areas where the Tea Party is particularly active," he said.
Is it intended to also help Shannon raise money for a challenge to Cuccinelli in 2013?
"I'm not ruling that out," he said. "But the purpose for this year is to make a difference over the next two years, to show that there's a different direction from what the Tea Party and guys like Ken Cuccinelli want for the state.
Meanwhile, Cuccinelli has also been aggresively raising money, both through his still open Cuccinelli for Attorney General campaign account and through his political committee Liberty Now. One sign he's having some level of success: His announcement Thursday that he was freezing $55,500 in campaign funds that were given to him by a donor whose charity is now under investigation. Only a politician who's been raising good money has that kind of money to set aside.
If Shannon is interested in running against Cuccinelli again, he may not have the Democratic field to himself. State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) and Del. Ward Armstong (D-Henry) are both rumored to be contemplating candidacies as well.
June 19, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon
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