On the 4th of July last year I spoke with Steve Shannon at the Vienna Festival for a long time about various topics facing the local community and the Commonwealth as a whole. At that point, it was rumored that he would be the Democratic nominee for Attorney General but he was still concentrating his efforts on representing his district in the House of Delegates. As people were continuously stopping by to talk with Steve, it became extremely apparent that the folks in the Vienna area appreciated all the work that he had been doing for them. During this year’s Independence Day weekend it appears as though people from all over Virginia are responding well to Steve’s campaign for Attorney General.
Traveling throughout Southwest Virginia, Steve visited 8 different towns, 6 different fairs, and participated in two parades during the holiday weekend. As someone who spent a fair amount of time in SWVA during the Lt. Governor primary, I can tell you that Steve’s message is one that will do very well in the region if he makes a strong effort to reach out to the hard working families there. These events are definitely one way of doing it, as well as reaching out to the media outlets which Steve did by being interviewed on TV in three different markets -- Bristol, Roanoke, Bluefield – which together cover over 1 million people in Virginia.
One of the interesting things I always found while traveling in Southwest was how there were times when I was closer to numerous other state capitals than I was to Richmond (let alone my home in Fairfax County). Steve probably had a similar situation as he made a stop in Norton which is about 15 miles from the Kentucky border. A source with an in depth knowledge of Steve’s campaign told me that while Steve clearly understands the importance of SWVA and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to residents of towns such as Norton, Ken Cuccinelli didn’t have a strong presence in the region at all. In fact, my source said that “All we ever saw of Ken was a sign on a pickup truck and a sign in a Republican booth in Norton.”
I’m very glad to see that Steve Shannon’s campaign for Attorney General has been receiving a strong welcome all across our great Commonwealth. While he obviously has built up a significant amount of support in his home base of Northern Virginia, I think spending time in other parts of Virginia like he did this holiday weekend will greatly help him with his bid to be our next AG.