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Cuccinelli campaigns in Roanoke, responds to Democratic criticism

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:25:45 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 16 2013 10:21:43 PM EDT

Supporters of Ken Cuccinelli - and his opponents - turned out today, as the Republican brought his campaign for governor to the Roanoke Valley.


Supporters - and opponents - turned out Friday morning, as Republican Ken Cuccinelli brought his campaign for Governor to the Roanoke Valley.

A supportive crowd joined the Attorney General for a question and answer session inside the Hotel Roanoke, while critics gathered on the sidewalk outside.

Cuccinelli touted his work as Attorney General, including efforts to fight fraud, sexual assault, human trafficking and gang violence.

Democrats highlighted the investigation of another attorney in Cuccinelli's office who advised two energy companies involved in a lawsuit with Virginia landowners.

Brian Coy is a spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "This is just a question of priorities," Coy told WDBJ7. "Do you want a Governor who is going to put Virginia families first, or do you want a Governor who has a clear track record of putting his own financial interests ahead of the people he was elected to serve."

An activist from Dickenson County also raised the issue during the meeting, and later asked Cuccinelli why he accepted campaign contributions from one of the energy companies.

Cuccinelli noted that energy companies opposed legislation he proposed two and a half years ago, that would have addressed landowners' concerns about the payment of oil and gas royalties.  He also said the campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe has misrepresented the review of the Attorney General's office.

"He wanted to say I was being investigated," Cuccinelli told reporters Friday morning. "Well I'm not being investigated, the only person being investigated in this race is Terry McAuliffe... and the two businesses he has been involved in."