McClellan, Stamos Blast Cuccinelli on Refusal to Support Violence Against Women Act


    From the Democratic Party of Virginia; yet more evidence, as if any’s needed, that Ken Cuccinelli is as extreme as they come. No, he’s not bipartisan (I love how he claims to be while disparagingly referring to the “Democrat” Party), nor is he in any way a reasonable, sane human being. I mean, c’mon, if you can’t support the Violence Against Women Act, then what else is there to say about you?

    McClellan, Stamos: Cuccinelli Should Explain Refusal to Support Violence Against Women Act

    Richmond, VA – Today on a conference call with Virginia media Delegate Jennifer McClellan and Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos condemned the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and asked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to explain why he refused to join 47 other state Attorneys General in asking congress to pass the law.

    “If Ken Cuccinelli has proved anything, it’s that he’s not shy about injecting himself into federal issues,” said McClellan. “From lawsuits over health care, environmental protections and even academic freedom at the University of Virginia, our Attorney General has never hesitated to use taxpayer resources to pursue his own activist agenda.

    “In light of that activism, Virginians deserve to know why he was one of only three Attorneys General in the country who refused urge congress to reauthorize this law that is so important to preventing domestic violence in Virginia.”

    Stamos continued, “As the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County I have seen all too closely the devastating impact that domestic violence has on Virginia families and our community as a whole. That’s why a law like the Violence Against Women Act is so critical to preventing domestic violence and prosecuting the criminals who commit these horrible acts.

    “I was disappointed to see Republicans in Congress fail to pass the reauthorization, and to see our own Attorney General refuse to support it while such critical support for domestic violence victims and prevention efforts hung in the balance.”

    Cuccinelli was one of just three Attorneys General to refuse to sign his name to a letter asking the U.S. House to reauthorize the law that provides valuable domestic violence prevention services and support for victims. He has yet to explain what about the law he deemed unworthy of supporting to his fellow Republicans in congress.

    Since its passage in 1994 the Violence Against Women Act has offered resources for state and local domestic violence prevention and victim support programs. The failure of its reauthorization last week puts critical support for law enforcement, prosecutors and community groups across Virginia at risk.


      Challenges Republican Opponents To Break With Cuccinelli And Demand Congress Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act In 2013

      Leesburg – Democratic candidate for Attorney General State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) released the following statement today following the failure of the US House of Representatives to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The reauthorization, which passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote, would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million more women not covered under the original law:

      “It is a disgrace that Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives adjourned the 112th Congress by failing to even hold a vote on protecting women who are victims of domestic violence.”

      Herring noted that in January of 2012, the National Association of Attorneys General sent a letter to Congress signed by 53 state and territorial Attorneys General calling on the Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

      Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was not among the signatories, one of only three states and territorial Attorneys General not to sign on.

      “As Virginia’s Attorney General, I would not have hesitated to sign that letter.  I challenge my Republican opponents, Delegate Rob Bell and Senator Mark Obenshain, to join me in demanding that Congressman Cantor and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in the opening days of the 113th Congress.”

      The letter stated in part, “Reauthorizing VAWA will send a clear message that this country does not tolerate violence against women and show Congress’ commitment to reducing domestic violence, protecting women from sexual assault and securing justice for victims.”

      “Virginia deserves an Attorney General who will stand up for women and their rights and will advocate on behalf of those who are victims of domestic violence,” Herring stated. “That is what I’ve done in the state Senate, sponsoring legislation that strengthened penalties for strangulation, one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and I proudly served on the Governor’s Domestic Violence Response and Advisory Board.”

      According to the Office Of the Attorney General’s 2011 Annual Report on Domestic and Sexual Violence, in 2010, there were almost 62,000 calls to domestic and sexual violence hotlines across the state. At least 166 men, women, and children lost their lives to domestic violence, representing a 19.4% increase in family and intimate partner homicides from 2009 to 2010. A total of 6,261 adults and children received 188,982 nights of emergency or temporary shelter due to domestic violence; however, 2,571 families requesting shelter services were turned away due to lack of shelter space. Magistrates and judges issued a total of 35,846 emergency protective orders across the Commonwealth to protect the immediate health and safety of victims and their family members.

      The report highlights how important the issue of domestic and sexual violence is and details the progress Virginia has made through legislation and through new initiatives. Virginia has received $4.7 million in Federal grants under the Violence Against Women Act since 2010.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      This stuff would be far more effective if Terry McAuliffe joined in on debates about the Violence Against Women re-authorization and on the obvious “fix” that resulted in the vote by Watkins’ “commission” that OK’d uranium mining.

      It’s time for Terry M. to begin to differentiate himself from Cuccinelli. Web played “Where’s Creigh?” in 2009. Is this election going to be “Where’s Terry?”???