Newspaper endorsements keep rolling in for the statewide candidates. While certain newspapers (namely, The Washington Post) are touting tax raising politicians, there are some that are using common sense when making endorsements.
The News and Messenger endorsed Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General. This is great news for Cuccinelli, who is doing well in the polls against Steve Shannon. The News and Messenger, in their endorsement, mentioned that Cuccinelli will protect and defend constitutional rights and fight for public safety. They specifically mentioned Cuccinelli’s leadership with the Melendez v. Diaz case.
Cuccinelli, on the other hand, is aware of the broad responsibilities of the attorney general and is willing, eager and able to take them on.
He will use the attorney general’s office as a tool to protect Virginian’s constitutional rights, and he will protect our jobs and our property from the overreaching hand of government.
He will work to wade through the deep well of state regulations to determine which still work and which need to go, hopefully cutting through some outdated red tape.
And Cuccinelli already showed during his time as a state senator some of his legal acumen when he called for a special session to deal with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts
decision. Some were concerned that the decision would have negative ripples across the state’s criminal justice system. Shannon thought Cuccinelli’s call was a political stunt, but Democratic governor
Timothy M. Kaine’s support for a special session showed it to be more. Cuccinelli’s move showed forethought.
These are just some of the reasons Cuccinelli is an attractive choice.