Another interesting aspect of the endorsement was that while they had a lot of good things to say about McDonnell, they didn't have anything bad to say about Creigh Deeds. In fact, they didn't even mention him at all in the press release. When it came to the AG race, however, they not only highlighted the good work that Steve Shannon has done but they pointed out how Ken Cuccinelli has an absolutely horrible record.
In the race for attorney general, HSLF backs Steve Shannon, who has also been an advocate of the humane treatment of animals. As a member of the House of Delegates, Shannon was a co-patron of legislation to upgrade the animal fighting law, and has supported a wide range of bills to protect pets and other animals. His opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, has often stood nearly alone in the Senate as an opponent of modest and mainstream animal protection reforms. Cuccinelli was one of only two senators to vote against a stronger animal fighting law (SB 1190, Feb. 2, 2007), and one of only three to oppose restrictions on large-scale puppy mills (HB 538, March 4, 2008).I think the Humane Society really gets at how Cuccinelli truly doesn't have the qualities that Virginians should expect from their Attorney General. Between this and the crazy video that the Cuccinelli campaign put out earlier this week, one would hope that more people would catch onto the fact that Ken's simply out of touch with mainstream values here in Virginia. Unfortunately, recent polls suggest that his political ability to hide his extremism has created resulted in the Shannon campaign having some work left if Steve Shannon is going to become our next Attorney General.
"It would be a major setback for the commonwealth’s top law enforcement officer to be a person like Ken Cuccinelli who opposed having animal protection laws on the books in the first place," Markarian said. "Steve Shannon’s support for the humane treatment of animals stands in stark contrast to Ken Cuccinelli’s obstinate and extreme views. Voters who want a common-sense and mainstream approach to animal protection enforcement should support Steve Shannon for attorney general."