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Press Release: Kaine Calls Special Session; Shannon Looks Foolish

A Press Release on the special session from the Republican Party of Virginia.

– Legislature to Fix Prosecutorial Mess Against Steve Shannon’s Sage Advice –

– Cuccinelli Had Called for Special Session; Shannon Called it a “Stunt” –

RICHMOND – Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today praised Governor Tim Kaine’s decision to agree with Ken Cuccinelli to call the Virginia General Assembly into a special session to fix a prosecutorial morass following the U.S. Supreme Court decision Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts.  The ruling has caused chaos among Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys regarding the difficulty in having forensic scientists who test material evidence personally testify at trial.  As a result, many criminal cases are having to be dismissed or are lost at trial.

“Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, initially called Ken Cuccinelli’s request for a special session a ‘stunt,'” said Mullins.  “Well, I guess the governor from his own party disagrees with him.  I don’t think that’s the kind of thing you want to pull if you’re arguing to be the state’s top lawyer.”

In response to Ken Cuccinelli’s first call for a legislative fix, Shannon said it was a “stunt,” a position he continues to trumpet by posting a supportive editorial on his website.

Perhaps even more embarrassingly, Shannon criticized Cuccinelli for supposedly opposing a bill that never reached the Senate, in which Cuccinelli serves.  Inasmuch as Cuccinelli was never able to vote on the legislation, it further reveals that not only is Shannon ignorant of Supreme Court precedent vis-à-vis Virginia law, but he also does not understand the legislative process.

Shannon’s House Bill 3086 died in committee in the House of Delegates and was never communicated to the Senate, where Cuccinelli might have had a chance to weigh in on it.

“This is astounding,” Chairman Mullins said.  “This guy seriously wants to be the attorney general of the Commonwealth, but doesn’t get the severity of a Supreme Court ruling and doesn’t know that his own bill died in committee.  That’s almost too funny to make up.”

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.

2 Responses to “Press Release: Kaine Calls Special Session; Shannon Looks Foolish”

  1. Sandy Sanders says:

    Might be great to thank Governor Kaine for his leadership on this issue and make sure all the readers remember that Senator Cuccinelli was out front on this issue from the start!

    Sandy Sanders

  2. Sandy Sanders says:

    Might be great to thank Governor Kaine for his leadership on this issue and make sure all the readers remember that Senator Cuccinelli was out front on this issue from the start!

    Sandy Sanders

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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