At a Roanoke forum last evening, each of the three candidates for the Republican nomination for attorney general sought to show why he was the most likely to triumph in the November election. Ken Cuccinelli, John Brownlee, and Dave Foster spent an equal amount of time establishing their conservative credentials before a crowd of about 150.
Foster, a former Arlington School Board chairman, jabbed Brownlee for his lack of prior political experience and noted that Cuccinelli’s victory margins have become “smaller and smaller.” Brownlee, a former federal prosecutor, said he had spent his professional life “in the courtroom, fighting for justice.” Cuccinelli, a state Senator from Fairfax County, said he keeps winning “in the tough part of Virginia, in Northern Virginia, without sacrificing my principles.”
Asked about his second-tier rating as a judicial candidate from a state bar panel in 2007, Brownlee claimed he wore the slight as “almost a badge of honor.”
“As you know,” he said, “the judicial nominations committee of the Virginia State Bar is the most liberal, Democratic-controlled group in the Commonwealth.” He noted the federal judgeship he sought went to Anthony J. Trenga, who Brownlee claimed had a record of contributions to Democrats. “This process was skewed toward getting a liberal judge, and they got one,” Brownlee said.
By Peter Vieth