VIRGINIA BEACH — Talking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters here Thursday, both Democrats running to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) described him as an extreme conservative and said he has abused his office for partisan gain.
Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, and state Sen. Mark R. Herring (Loudoun) cited the lawsuit that Cuccinelli filed in an attempt to stop implementation of President Obama’s health-care law and the attorney general’s support for tighter restrictions on abortion as evidence that he has overstepped his bounds.
They spoke during a 90-minute forum that was the final showcase before Tuesday’s primary for them and two Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, Aneesh Chopra, who served in a newly created position as Obama’s chief technology officer from 2009-2012, and state Sen. Ralph S. Northam (Norfolk), a pediatric neurologist who has served in the Senate since 2008.
All four candidates presented a largely united front behind Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, who will not be on the June 11 primary ballot because he is unopposed. McAuliffe faces Cuccinelli, the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee, in November’s intensely watched matchup.