Virginia Democrats have launched a new ad hitting Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II for his stance on the Violence Against Women Act, escalating the battle over female voters in the commonwealth’s race for governor.
The state party did not release details on the size of the ad buy. The Virginian-Pilot reported that the DPVA bought $275,000 worth of airtime after the campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe transferred $300,000 to party coffers.
“When Congress failed to renew the Violence Against Women Act, Republican and Democratic attorneys general from 47 states spoke out to protect women,” says the ad’s narrator.
“But Ken Cuccinelli refused. The Roanoke Times wrote, ‘Virginians should remember Cuccinelli’s cowardly inaction as he seeks to become the next governor.’ ... Ken Cuccinelli. He’s focused on his own agenda. Not us.”
The ad refers to a letter urging Congress to reauthorize VAWA; Cuccinelli was one of three state attorneys general in the country who did not sign it. A spokesman said at the time that the attorney general’s office had a policy of not signing letters regarding federal bills that could still change through the legislative process.