You May Want To Listen To This: AG Debate Link And Analysis

Last week, the candidates for attorney general, Republican Senator Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Delegate Steve Shannon, both of Fairfax, had only their second debate and the first that was broadcast — but only on Washington radio station WTOP-AM. (Democrat debate ducking has been taken to a whole new level this year.) What's particularly perplexing is the lack of coverage the media has affored the few debates that have taken place in any of the three statewide races, especially given the media's endless pontificating about elections and issues versus slick and negative advertising. (With only a handful of debates, it sure doesn't take a lot to cover them, either.) Yet, three candidates repeatedly refuse to debate (despite being well behind in the polls) and, when there is one, it is not on statewide television.

But we did have that one AG debate on WTOP's The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin (listen here). The highlight seems to be Delegate Shannon's "I am a pro-business, law and order centrist," comment when, in fact, he has a 100-percent AFL-CIO voting record (see AFL-CIO here) and has received nearly $150,000 in campaign contributions from big labor during his six years in the General Assembly — $120,000 of which has come during his attorney general run (see 

What makes the statement even more astonishing is that Delegate Shannon attended a seminar in mid-September in Annapolis, Md., put on by the Democrat Attorneys General Association, that taught attorneys general how to sue companies into achieving liberal, extremist environmental policies not won through the legislative process. A suit-filing, job-killing AG. Now that's business friendly.

As if that wasn't enough, when it was Delegate Shannon's turn to ask the one question each candidate was allowed to ask of the other, he asked Senator Cuccinelli about global warming and "cap and trade." If this is so important, why do Delegate Shannon's television ads stress Internet predators?

Instead, he wants to sue employers into closing down, such as the MeadWestvaco plant in Creigh Deeds' own senate district. Read here what company Vice President Mark George wrote in an op-ed about the affect "cap and trade" would have on its Alleghany factory. It's liberal strategy to redefine terms (marriage comes to mind), but instead of coming down the middle, Delegate Shannon comes right down Leftist Lane. 

Watch The House And Senate Live

For those not aware, whether in Richmond, or anywhere from Alexandria to Alleghany to the Eastern Shore, you can keep up with your elected officials in Richmond. The General Assembly maintains a good Web site, with bill tracking capability and many other bells and whistles. You can also listen to or watch via Web streaming the floor sessions.

Check it out at and bookmark it; or, simply find it under Virginia General Assembly on our blog roll. The best way to affect public policy is to stay on top of it and to see and hear what the politicians actually say, especially when they think no one is watching.

Congrats To Jim Moran: Porker Of The Month!

Remember U.S. Representative Jim Moran's outburst to a constituent who simply asked if he would agree that everyone in Washington should take responsibility for the mortgage crisis? Virginia's 8th District Congressman blew up at the constituent and said she didn't know what she was talking about. At the same meeting he also said, "In the long run" the government was coming after all of your money (see our comment and video, here).

Such great leadership and statesmanship can't be ignored. Thankfully, it hasn't. Representative Moran, brother of Delegate Brian who is seeking the Democrat nomination for governor next year, was awarded the "Porker of the Month Award" for November by Citizens Against Government Waste.

CAGW gave Moran the award, presumably against stiff competition, for this remark:

Now, in the last seven years, we have had the highest corporate profit ever in American history, highest corporate profit. We've had the highest productivity. The American worker has produced more per person than at any time. But it hasn't been shared and that's the problem. Because we have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in this simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth. And they may be able to sustain that for awhile, but it doesn't work in the long run.

Quite an achievement since then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, around the same time, promised to "spread the wealth around." But CAGW President Tom Schatz made the case for Moran (see news release, here):

Rep. Moran's punitive conclusion about creating wealth reflects the prevailing ethos of the current Congress. His remarks offer a window into the soul of the congressional leadership and offer a bare-knuckled preview of the kind of confiscatory policies taxpayers can expect now that there are even fewer fiscal conservatives on Capitol Hill. This Congress intends to reward hard work and productivity with a government-mandated ‘sharing' program.

So, we are sure we speak for millions of Virginians from Alleghany to Accomack and from Westmoreland to Wise and everywhere in between: Congratulations, Congressman Moran! You've made Virginia proud!