Steve Shannon hired a new campaign manager, Mike Henry, to try to make him appear to be a viable candidate. Mike needs to go back to the drawing board. Perhaps he is still reeling after managing Terry McAuliffe’s disaster of a campaign, spending money faster than President Obama and Nancy Pelosi combined with the same dismal results. Henry comes with a good history of results, managing Tim “The Absentee Governor” Kaine’s campaign as well as Mark Warner’s successful campaign for US Senate. Unfortunately for Henry and Shannon, George Bush is out of office and Obama is not doing so hot. For the first time, Henry will actually be forced to run a campaign against the actual opponent, rather than against an unpopular Bush.
So, to get off to a fast start, Henry has obviously been looking through the dusty piles of failed Steve Shannon bills for some type of comeback to continue to politicize an issue that is putting Virginia prosecutors in a bad position. (The obvious move for Shannon would have been to look out for the citizens of the Commonwealth first). So enter the musty old House Bill 3086 from 2007 that died a quick death in the Courts of Justice Subcommittee.
Shannon asked in a letter to Cuccinelli:
However, I don’t want to wait until our next debate to ask you to explain why you used such questionable judgment over the last five years in voting against cracking down on drunk drivers. It would also be good for you to tell people in this state why in the 2007 session you chose not to support my bill, HB 3086, which would have fixed Virginia’s law so we wouldn’t face the situation with drunk driving cases arising out of the Melendez-Diaz decision.
If you would like to read the failed bill, please click this link. But I must warn you, you may fall into a major fit of laughter when you realize that A) the bill has nothing at all to do with lab technicians, as they are not the ones that perform breathalyzer tests – the police do and B) the bill actually points out ways a drunk driver can challenge the test. So, in effect, it helps the drunk driver by pointing out the loop holes. Defense attorney’s would love this one, and drunk drivers. But the citizens that are injured by a drunk driver freed by the provisions of this bill would not be amused. Nor would the prosecutors.
Most importantly, it does not even come close to addressing the issues brought out in the Melendez-Diaz Supreme Court decision.
Shannon is obviously in a panic over the latest polls showing he is sinking fast. Replacing his old campaign manager pretty much verifies his panic. Now, he is trying to bring out failed legislation, blame Senator Cuccinelli for Shannon’s own failures in the House and he is not interested in the truth.
Shannon’s record is a statement as to his liberal ideology. And his press release is a statement to his desperation.
Senator Cuccinelli has an impeccable record of protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth, including those that are unable to speak for themselves. You will find no better protector of our constitutional rights than Senator Ken Cuccinelli.
It is my opinion that Steve Shannon should not only call for a special session, but issue an apology to Senator Cuccinelli for politicizing the issue and distorting the Senator’s record. But I’ll not hold my breath on either.