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Ken Cuccinelli Update On Special Session

August 20, 2009

Dear Fellow Virginians,

Now that the special session is over – and overshadowed by the Governor’s [admission] announcement of a $1.5 billion shortfall – I wanted to share with you the analysis of Dr. Bob Holsworth of VCU regarding the session.

Below is his article on the subject.

From Virginia Tomorrow:

The Cuccinelli Session

by Bob Holsworth, August 19, 2009

Is over.

Not a minute too soon for Steve Shannon.

Cuccinelli was the first statewide candidate to recognize the impact that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Melendez decision would have on prosecutions in Virginia.

In essence, the Court’s ruling made it far easier for defense attorneys to compel live testimony by forensic analysts in drug and DUI trials. Tyler Whitley reported today that in July, 2008 there were 43 subpoenas for drug examiners in the state- this year there were more than 900.
Cuccinelli understood from the get-go that this would result in an intolerable strain on the relatively small number of forensic analysts in the state and precipitate a backlog, in both court trials and in crime scene testing.

More importantly, he also contended that the only way to solve the problem was a special session in which the Assembly would try to find ways of reducing the backlog while still complying with the Court’s mandate that crime analysts be physically present if a defendant wishes.

Steve Shannon initially thought that the matter could be handled administratively and rejected Cuccinelli’s call for a special session as a “political stunt.”

Unfortunately for Shannon, the Governor agreed with Cuccinelli.

The decision to hold the special session helped Cuccinelli in three specific ways.

First, it was confirmation that Cuccinelli’s initial judgment was sound and on-target.

Second, it enabled Cuccinelli to dispense with one of the principal arguments that his opponents had raised about him: namely, that his lack of direct experience as a prosecutor made him a less qualified candidate.

Third, Shannon and the Democrats had hoped to put Cuccinelli on the defensive from the outset of the campaign. But this didn’t happen. Instead, Cuccinelli and his chief strategist, Chris LaCivita have not missed an occasion to remind people that Shannon labeled the call for a special session a “political stunt.”

The early polls indicate that Shannon is running essentially even with Deeds, decisively lagging Cuccinelli.

Democrats believe that Cuccinelli is the weakest link on the Republican ticket. They don’t think that his social conservatism plays well across the state. And more than one Democrat has told me that “unlike McDonnell, he doesn’t try to hide it.”

Now that the special session is over, Democrats hope that Shannon can begin to draw contrasts that depict Cuccinelli as a far right ideologue, perhaps leading voters to question the perspective of the entire GOP ticket.

Shannon has accumulated a sizeable war chest and is likely to deploy it in this matter.
But it’s not a simple task.

No Democrat has been elected Attorney General for 20 years.

And the Cuccinelli session will make it almost impossible to convince voters that he’s not qualified for the Top Cop part of the AG’s role.

I expect that Shannon will heat the campaign up quickly, trying to move the dialogue away from Cuccinelli’s very successful “political stunt.”

In Case You Had Any Doubts…
Steve Shannon still won’t debate me… we have one (1) debate scheduled at this point, but not until October 22nd in Richmond. It is my view that we need to get to each of the parts of Virginia for a debate, as people don’t pay attention to the AG race unless it’s in their backyard. So, if Steve actually wants the people around Virginia to hear and contrast our positions (ha!), then he’d have to join me in debates around Virginia.

For reasons I’ve explained in previous Compasses, he just isn’t going to do that. It’s clear that they have already decided that letting their candidate out to debate is not a winning proposition. They actually want FEWER people, not more, to have the opportunity to compare and contrast the two candidates for AG.

Still Need $$$ Help

While we’re ahead in the polls, our opponent’s strategy is clearly to hunker down and try to beat us with negative ads in October. He can only do this if we don’t catch up to him in the money race. So, I need to ask you to donate today, as this is our area of greatest need. So, please, help us make up our only shortcoming with our opponent, his fundraising lead.

Can you please donate $500? $250? $100? $50? Anything? We need it!

See you on the campaign trail! And please don’t forget to donate today!

Sincerely,

Senator Ken Cuccinelli II

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

8 Responses to “Ken Cuccinelli Update On Special Session”

  1. john says:

    This is the biggest non-story self righteous crap. Cooch ran through Virginia without regard for the safety of others ,[broadcasting] how to get out of pending dui and drug charges. All for his own personal gain. Cooch is a fake, fall pray to his doubleminded talk, you get what you get.bush-cheney all over again. Has cooch ever returned the suspected terrorist money ?

  2. john says:

    This is the biggest non-story self righteous crap. Cooch ran through Virginia without regard for the safety of others ,[broadcasting] how to get out of pending dui and drug charges. All for his own personal gain. Cooch is a fake, fall pray to his doubleminded talk, you get what you get.bush-cheney all over again. Has cooch ever returned the suspected terrorist money ?

  3. Tom White says:

    Steve Shannon and Timmy "The absentee governor" Kaine rejected Ken's call for a special session to fix the law invalidated by the Melendez-Diaz. Kaine and Shannon tried to make it a political issue and that failed. The very fact that the special session was called shows that Cuccinelli is the only candidate with the ability to be our next Attorney General. Shannon is running so far behind and he and Kaine were the laughing stock of the session. And then Kaine had to admit he and Jody "The 6 Billion Dollar Deficit Woman" Wagner are leaving a total mess for Bob McDonnell to clean up. Honestly, Kaine is the most incompetent governor we have ever had.

    But thanks for the post from the losing side, it's always nice to see you wallow in you own self pity.

  4. Tom White says:

    Steve Shannon and Timmy "The absentee governor" Kaine rejected Ken's call for a special session to fix the law invalidated by the Melendez-Diaz. Kaine and Shannon tried to make it a political issue and that failed. The very fact that the special session was called shows that Cuccinelli is the only candidate with the ability to be our next Attorney General. Shannon is running so far behind and he and Kaine were the laughing stock of the session. And then Kaine had to admit he and Jody "The 6 Billion Dollar Deficit Woman" Wagner are leaving a total mess for Bob McDonnell to clean up. Honestly, Kaine is the most incompetent governor we have ever had.

    But thanks for the post from the losing side, it's always nice to see you wallow in you own self pity.

  5. Sandy Sanders says:

    John:

    I cite to you the fine comments of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Lynchburg who testified before a Senate committee about the proven harm to public safety. The Richmond Times-Dispatch not only agreed, they cited Sen. Cuccinnelli's efforts to bring about the special session. Tom White here at VaRight was one of the first bloggers to call the alarm.

    Sandy Sanders

  6. Sandy Sanders says:

    John:

    I cite to you the fine comments of the Commonwealth's Attorney for Lynchburg who testified before a Senate committee about the proven harm to public safety. The Richmond Times-Dispatch not only agreed, they cited Sen. Cuccinnelli's efforts to bring about the special session. Tom White here at VaRight was one of the first bloggers to call the alarm.

    Sandy Sanders

  7. Tom White says:

    And Sandy was the one that alerted me! Modesty not allowed, Sandy.

    Everyone that was involved from the grassroots level up really did a fine job fixing this mess.

    John, you act as if a US Supreme Court decision is something you can hide. Ken didn't need to broadcast it. It was already well known. They PUBLISH this stuff.

    Sounds like you are in favor of the Tim Kaine / Shannon Ostrich plan.

    I am proud of the job Ken did in proving he is the only one that is ready to be AG!

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