Cuccinelli hits Herring for taking Va. in ‘bad direction’ on crime
An ex-Va. attorney general Ken Cruccinelli stated that the decision on who should become the next chief law enforcement officer of the state was difficult.
Mr. Cuccinelli, who served in the position between 2010 and 2014, said crime is a top issue in the race between Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat seeking his third term, and GOP candidate Jason Miyares.
“Crime is a focal point in that race, and they are very opposite,” Mr. Cuccinelli told The Washington Times. “Virginia is heading in a very negative direction .”
“As attorney general, I had to defend gun regulations that I didn’t like, but they were legal, and they were defensible,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “I did my job, and I defended them. And Republicans and Democrats, as attorneys general, have always done that until Mark Herring.”
“In this election, voters will have a clear and stark voice between my proven record of protecting Virginians and expanding rights and my Republican opponent who is an anti-health care, anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, pro-NRA, Cuccinelli-style conservative,” Mr. Herring said at a July rally with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and President Biden.
“When [Herring] was in the state Senate, he was pretty close to the middle,” Mr. Cuccinelli said. “I haven’t moved anywhere, but Mark has moved way to the left in order to please his radical base. He’s the one who moved and is pandering, .”
The poll, conducted between Sept. 13-14, surveyed 778 likely Virginia voters and carried an error margin of +/- 3.4%.