Saturday, June 13, 2009

Democrat seeks to hide his comments

Starting out on the wrong foot, the Democrat AG candidate tries to make his debate with Ken Cuccinelli inaccessible to the public.

Cuccinelli Campaign To Tape First Debate, Make Available for Public Viewing on the Internet

RICHMOND - On Saturday, June 20th the Virginia Bar Association is hosting its election-year Attorney General Debate at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. The debate will be moderated by Bob Gibson.

"Debate arrangements have been relatively easy, and the Bar Association is to be commended for the program they have set up" said Chris LaCivita, Campaign spokesman for the Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General Campaign. "Unfortunately, the Shannon campaign is trying to suppress any attempt to publicize this debate outside the hotel ballroom doors," added LaCivita.

The Shannon campaign pushed for a "no use" agreement, an uncommon position in which all campaigns involved in a debate agree not to use any recording of the event for any purpose.

This proposal was immediately rejected by the Cuccinelli campaign.

The Cuccinelli for Attorney General Campaign is planning on taping the debate and making it available in its entirety on the Internet for all of the Virginians who can't make it to Virginia Beach at 9:00 am on a Saturday morning in June.

"Open government starts in the way campaigns are run," noted LaCivita. "I think we know what kind of Attorney General Office Steve Shannon would run ... quiet, behind closed doors and accessible only to his friends and special interests. Our candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, has a long history of pushing for more openness in government, and he will run his campaign the same way." said LaCivita.