Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steve Shannon's Campaign Shows Some Key Priorities

Del. Steve Shannon, who is running for Attorney General, announced earlier this week that he has received the endorsement of House Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong and the Democratic Caucus Chair Ken Plum. Generally speaking, it is a good thing to receive the endorsement of your party's leaders -- especially if you're like Steve and are also building up support at the grassroots level. At the same time, these endorsements shouldn't come as too much of a surprise since Steve is currently a Member of the House of Delegates. For that reason, it is more important to look at the message being promoted with the endorsements because it helps to illustrate the priorities of Steve's campaign.

In a statement about the endorsement, both Del. Shannon and Del. Armstrong highlighted how Steve would protect families if he were to be elected Attorney General.
“I’m proud that these great leaders have chosen to support me in my campaign to make Virginia a safer place for every family to call home," said Delegate Steve Shannon. “Having the support of people like Ward Armstrong and Ken Plum will be a tremendous asset as we take our campaign to the people of Virginia for the next nine months.”

“I’m proud to support Steve because, when it comes to protecting children, Steve has been a leader since before his election to the House of Delegates”, Democratic Leader Ward Armstrong said. “As a former prosecutor and as a dad, Steve knows what it takes to keep our kids safe” Armstrong continued.
This is not surprising at all to me because I have heard many of Steve's speeches where he discusses the work he did surrounding the AMBER alert in the Washington, DC area. For those of you who don't know, the AMBER alert system makes TV and radio announcements when there are children who have been abducted and has been credited with rescuing upwards of 200 children. Needless to say, Steve has a long history of working to keep Virginians families safe and it shouldn't surprise anyone that he would continue that work as Attorney General.

In addition to also highlighting Steve's work to protect families, Del. Ken Plum also pointed out that Steve would work to fight against fraud which extremely important when you consider the financial crisis that we are currently facing.
“Steve will be a terrific Attorney General because he has his priorities straight”, said Democratic Caucus Chairman Ken Plum. “I’ve known Steve a long time and I know that he will fight everyday to protect Virginia families. He’ll fight to protect children from gangs and predators, and he’ll also fight to protect our jobs and our savings from fraud”, Plum continued.
So while these endorsements might not have come as a big surprise, two of the campaign's priorities did become evident. The ability to protect families and fighting against fraud are most definitely two thinks that I would want from an Attorney General. If you want to know a little more about what's motivating Steve Shannon to run for AG, he's a brief highlight video I shot of his speech at an event back in December.

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