Steve Shannon, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, released his first radio ad today. In it, he takes Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli to task for being the only statewide candidate to not call for the resignation of Newport News Republican Del. Phil Hamilton.
Listen to the ad below.
From the press release announcing the ad:
“Being Attorney General is about protecting the public from crime, and that includes corruption. What the office shouldn’t be about is pushing a personal political agenda,” said Mike Henry, Steve Shannon’s Campaign Manager. “Phil Hamilton’s behavior demands resignation, and all the other statewide candidates from both parties has said so. But even now, Ken Cuccinelli can’t bring himself to set aside his political agenda and do the obviously right thing. Is that someone we want to trust as the top law enforcement officer in the state?”
The ad will be run in the Norfolk radio market.
Speaking of Hamilton, Public Policy Polling released part two of their Virginia poll today (pdf). Included in this poll were two questions about Hamilton, which I had requested. While only 25% of voters statewide were aware of the Hamilton situation, 65% of those who were thought he should resign, compared with only 16% who thought he shouldn’t.
And in that 25% were not just Democrats. Among those who voted for McCain, 65% thought Hamilton should resign. A whopping 69% of the Kilgore voters thought the same. On party affiliation, 63% of Dems, 60% of Republicans and 71% of others thought he should resign. Every age group thought he should resign. More than half (52%) of the voters in the 757 area code were familiar with the Hamilton situation, and 64% of them thought he should resign.
Will there be a forced resignation come November 3?