"Public corruption is a public safety issue," he said. "It's not something that should simply go to the voters for a referendum."Of course Phil Hamilton continues to claim that he did nothing wrong and that this is just a partisan move. I think that's something we really need to look at. Hamilton is essentially arguing that fighting public corruption is a partisan agenda, even though this is an issue that truly shouldn't include partisanship. Steve Shannon clearly understands that as he isn't just calling for an investigation into Hamilton's actions, but wants to implement tougher penalties on corruption in all cases no matter what party the offender is affiliated with. Ken Cuccinelli, however, is the only statewide candidate from either party who hasn't called upon Hamilton to resign.
Shannon said that if he is elected, he would increase the penalties on conflicts of interest and increase transparency in Richmond to further discourage lawmakers from using their influence for personal gain.
"Our laws are weak," Shannon said. "They're outdated."
So when it comes down to deciding which candidate for Attorney General will do more to fight public corruption, I think the response to the Hamilton situation provide us with a very clear picture. Steve Shannon has said that "Del. Hamilton's actions are intolerable" and serve as a reminder of the work that must be done to address the issue of public corruption. Ken Cuccinelli, on the other hand, has stood by Hamilton despite his dishonest behavior.