WASHINGTON — Today, American Bridge 21st Century released a new video demonstrating Ken Cuccinelli’s inability to fulfill his duties as Virginia’s Attorney General while he runs for governor. Shunning nearly three decades of precedent, including that of his predecessor Bob McDonnell, Cuccinelli claimed that he was able to both campaign and serve as Attorney General. However, as this video shows, Cuccinelli missed a significant portion of an important meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on School & Campus Safety while he was campaigning.
“We may be ‘nine months, a week, five hours and 30 minutes’ from Election Day, but already Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to obtain his next job are interfering with his current one,” said Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century. “The Attorney General may have thought he was capable of handling both. Now that he has proven he isn’t, he owes it to voters to do what’s best for the people of Virginia instead of what’s best for Ken Cuccinelli.”
Two weeks ago, American Bridge released a video highlighting Cuccinelli’s decision to discard tradition by continuing to serve as the state’s Attorney general while campaigning for governor. The previous six Attorneys General of Virginia have ultimately resigned from the position to run for Governor, including Governor Bob McDonnell, Jerry Kilgore, and Jim Gilmore.
When stepping down in 2009, McDonnell said, “The Office of the Attorney General is the Commonwealth’s law firm and demands a full time Attorney General. Historically Democratic and Republican Attorneys General have stepped down from this post in order to run for Governor. It is the right, and proper thing to do.”
American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions through the use of opposition research, candidate tracking, and earned media communications.
Video of the first 40 minutes of the meeting of the January 31st Governor’s Task Force on School & Campus Safety is available here: https://youtu.be/hSwdUDyHPt8
Published: Feb 11, 2013