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Virginia Democratic party going after Cuccinelli on gifts

Let me offer without comment the contents of an email blast just sent out by Brian Coy, communications director of the Democratic Party of Virginia (apologies on any formatting difficulties)


Is $6,700 of Nutritional Supplements Cuccinelli's Idea of a 'Reasonable' Gift Cap?

WTVR caught Ken Cuccinelli yesterday and attempted to nail him down on whether he will accept a gift ban in light of his and Governor McDonnell's ethics scandal over gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. No such luck:

"Cuccinelli would not say whether he supports what his opponent, Terry McAuliffe, has proposed; a $100 dollar limit on gifts to politicians and their immediate families. Cuccinelli only said he would support 'any reasonable cap.'"

The Attorney General may be ducking specifics about what gift cap he would accept, but his history with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams offers an idea of the types of gifts he deems "reasonable:"

* Flight to New York paid for by Jonnie Williams $628
* Lodging in Jonnie Williams' Home - $800
* Thanksgiving Dinner at Jonnie Williams' Smith Mountain Lake House - $1500
* Summer vacation at Jonnie Williams' Smith Mountain Lake House - $3000
* Flight to Kentucky - $3200
* Box of Anatabloc nutritional supplement - $6700

"Since Ken Cuccinelli won't tell Virginians if he agrees with Terry McAuliffe's $100 gift ban, it's 'reasonable' to assume that he has not had a sudden change of heart about accepting thousands in gifts from Jonnie Williams, who has had conflicts of interest with his office," said DPVA spokesman Brian Coy. "Virginians know that accepting those gifts, and 'forgetting' to disclose many of them, placed Cuccinelli in a scandalous conflict of interest. If he finally recognizes that, he should say come clean and accept the McAuliffe gift ban."

Cuccinelli compared slavery to abortion in 2008

Ken CuccinelliThe Washington Examiner is a conservative DC area paper, owned by right-wing billionaire Philip Anschutz, which this coming June will stop its daily print run and be replaced by a weekly magazine. That makes this story all the more delicious. The context of the story is that Democrats in Virginia have been pushing out a video taken by a tracker at a small small gathering of religious conservatives in Williamsburg, VA, in which the Virginia Attorney General and putative Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia equated abortion and slavery, as you can read in this AP story at Salon

The Examiner story's 2nd paragraph reads

The outspoken conservative and candidate for governor made an almost identical statement in a 2008 "Cuccinelli Compass," a regular letter he writes to supports to supporters, The Washington Examiner has learned. In it, Cuccinelli reviews a biography on British abolitionist William Wilberforce and draws a connection between Wilberforce's fight against slavery to his own efforts in the Virginia Senate to curb abortions in the state.

The story also offers Cuccinelli's defense of those remarks: