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Morrisey campaigns for Va. nominee

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey headed east Monday to pitch in on the struggling campaign of Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli.

"It is not uncommon for attorneys general to work closely with each other, especially when they share common goals that effect the citizens of their states equally," Morrisey spokeswoman Beth Ryan said in an email Monday.

Cuccinelli, currently the state's Attorney General, chose not to work with then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw when he stumped for Morrisey during his successful campaign last year.

Morrisey returned the favor Monday afternoon, driving to Sterling, Va. for "an exciting get out the vote rally." He joined fellow Republican Attorneys General Pam Bondi, Luther Strange and Sam Olens for the event.

Ryan said Morrisey used his own car to get to the event and worked out of the AG's Martinsburg office. Morrisey is a salaried employee.

"Attorney General Morrisey will always stand with like-minded attorneys general who share his view on issues that are important to West Virginians, such as supporting gun rights, protecting the livelihood of thousands of West Virginians employed by the energy sector, and standing up to federal overreach," Ryan said in the statement.

Virginia voters seem skeptical Cuccinelli shares their ideals: A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday states he trails Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe by 17 points. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, a large paper in the state with a Conservative editorial position, slammed Cuccinelli and the other candidates in recently announcing it would not endorse anyone in the race.

Cuccinelli also took heat from state Democrats when he didn't immediately take a stance on whether he supported a measure that ended the partial shutdown of the federal government, according to Monday story from Politico.

Morrisey told the crowd to "look somewhere else" if they wanted to "attribute the sins of the shutdown," according to Politico.

"There's only one candidate in this race who is not a product of the D.C. establishment," Morrisey said, according to the story. "Who is that?"

"Ken," the crowd chanted, according to the story.

Morrisey, a New Jersey native who worked for years as an attorney in Washington, D.C. before running for attorney general, invited Cuccinelli to Charleston during his campaign last year.

Although a hailstorm prevented Cuccinelli coming in person, he phoned in his support for Morrisey, according to the West Virginia Record.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or Follow him at


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