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Cuccinelli to campaign with candidates in Alabama -- and Iowa

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) will next week head to Alabama and, more interestingly, to Iowa to campaign with Republican candidates for attorney general.

The outspoken Virginia conservative, who is suing the Obama administration over the federal health-care law and EPA greenhouse gas regulations, has been in increasing demand nationally from Republican candidates and organizations.

His political action committee will announce Monday that he'll campaign for Republican Brenna Findley in Iowa on Oct. 4 and Republican Luther Strange in Alabama on Oct. 5. Neither trip involves taxpayer money.

The trip to Iowa is sure to raise eyebrows in a state where the big debate so far has been whether Cuccinelli's ambitions include a run for governor or the U.S. Senate. After all, visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, which hold the nation's first presidential nominating contests, have long been the universal mark of politicians with presidential ambitions.

Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall said the trip is simply about electing attorneys general who agree with Cuccinelli's constitutional philosophy. "We are not going to Iowa for any reason other than to campaign for Brenna Findley," he said.

Here's what Cuccinelli has to say about the trip, in a statement:

"It couldn't be more critical at this juncture in our nation's history to elect more leaders like Luther Strange and Brenna Findley who are committed to preserving the Constitutional rights of their citizens, as well as the traditional role of states in our system of checks and balances, against incursions by the federal government. The people of Virginia will also benefit to the extent we further strengthen the nationwide firewall against federal overreach. I am honored to have been invited to participate in their campaigns."

By Rosalind Helderman  | September 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Tom Miller has been an outstanding AG for Iowa, a leading proponent of consumer protection and a strong opponent of use of the Internet for perverted sexual solicitations. We don't need a new AG, and we don't need Bob Cuccinelli butting into our affairs.

Dear Bob, stay home.

Posted by: iowegian | September 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Cucinelli will also distribute bumper stickers with Virginia's new tourism slogan:

"Virginia is for Lunatics"

Posted by: trenda | September 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Are we paying him for this?

Posted by: rhc52 | September 27, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Luther Strange is almost a textbook name for a comic book villain.

Posted by: Simon23p | September 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Four liberal comments. One doesn't get the name right, and the other three are, predictably, ad hominem.

Posted by: CapnRusty | September 28, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Mr.Cuccinelli's wife must love that she has to raise seven kids while he commutes from Prince William to Richmond and back everyday and rolls out every weekend for political events.

Posted by: slydell | September 28, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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