Earlier this month 125 pro-family, pro-values conservatives gathered in Yorktown for a Family Foundation dinner event with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the keynote speaker. The event drew activists, financial partners and candidates for elected offices, long-time supporters and new faces — people from all ages, including children, college students and retirees — from Williamsburg to Chesapeake and points in between. Good food, great fellowship and an outstanding message from the Attorney General made it a worthwhile evening for all who attended. The Attorney General shared his insight on a number of federal legal cases that illustrate the on-going struggle between liberty and tyranny, including the EPA's attack on the coal industry in southwest Virginia, which is contributing to unemployment there and driving up costs on items we all use. He shrewdly pointed out that the groups of people most harmed by these assaults on freedom are the most vulnerable among us — the poor, elderly and minorities. While liberals portray themselves as champions for the poor, in reality, he said, many of their policies harm them. By contrast, he asserted that it is conservative principles of limited, constitutional government that provide opportunity for all Americans.

Although it wasn't a point of the event, Attorney General Cuccinelli has made big news recently for something else: Securing the release from prison of Thomas Haynesworth (see Richmond Times-Dispatch), who served 30 years for a crime DNA evidence now proves he did not do. His stewardship of the Office of Attorney General is proving difficult for the liberals to caricature as The Innocence Project's award to him proves. (See David Keene via The Washington Times as well as Timothy Carney at The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential.) But it shouldn't surprise anyone. His principles are grounded firmly in the constitution and he is consistent with his application of them.

The Attorney General autographed Gadsden ("Don’t Tread On Me") Flags for event sponsors. A few flags remain and are available for a $250 donation. You may receive one by calling The Family Foundation at (804) 343-0010, by e-mailing John Downer at john@familyfoundation.org, or by sending a check with "autographed Gadsden Flag" on the memo line made payable to The Family Foundation of Virginia, and mail it to our news address at 919 East Main Street, Suite 1110, Richmond, VA 23219. Please view this brief exclusive video from Attorney General Cuccinelli's remarks.

Attorney General Cuccinelli stands on firm, consistent foundational principles — and a good sense of humor.