HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli addressed several issues during campaign stops in Norfolk and Virginia Beach Monday.
The "Growing Jobs & Opportunities Tour" kicked off Monday at 10 a.m. at Norfolk at Central Radio Company Incorporated on 39th Street.
Cuccinelli spoke about how he plans to attract new companies and jobs to Virginia if elected governor. Cuccinelli's campaign says he will also encourage existing businesses to expand and hire new workers.
"My core focus in this race is growing the economy, creating jobs and easing burdens for middle-class families," Cuccinelli said after tour of Central Radio Company. "Over the coming weeks and months, I'm going to be visiting dozens of Virginia businesses, meeting employers and workers and mostly listening. I want my plans to be helpful to all Virginians, not just the well-connected. Unlike my opponent, I'm going to fight for the priorities of the citizens of Virginia, not special interest groups, union bosses or political cronies. I've spent my entire career putting Virginians first, not politics, and my time as Governor will be no different."
WAVY News' Stephanie Harris spoke with Cuccinelli after the event at Central Radio Company in Norfolk. She mentioned the ongoing case involving a former chef at the governor's mansion and the call for both Gov. Bob McDonnell and Cuccinelli to resign.
"Every decision made by our office when we had that case was absolutely appropriate and I think you'll find when the judge issues her ruling presumably today basically addressing these sorts of concerns, how the court feels about it, which is ultimately what matters the most," he said.
Harris asked if he was concerned about the possibility of his campaign being damaged close to election day if the case were to go to trial.
"I'm not worried," he replied. "I mean, this isn't related to me so the case will take the course it should. My main concern as an attorney general is simply that the truth be brought out."
"So nothing will come out about your involvement?" Harris asked. Cuccinelli replied, "Well there is no involvement, so, you know, there's nothing to come out."
The statements left a bad taste in many democrats' mouths.
"It is a good thing Ken Cuccinelli wasn't under oath when he misled Virginia voters about his extensive involvement in this ongoing court case," said Josh Schwerin, spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign. "Cuccinelli's credibility has been permanently damaged by his repeated false statements about his involvement with Jonnie Williams and the Star Scientific scandal. Cuccinelli claimed he reported all gifts from Williams and Star Scientific, which was false. He claimed he had no conflict in the court case, which he later admitted was inaccurate. Now Cuccinelli is claiming the case ‘isn't related to' him – another false statement he will likely later own up to being inaccurate. Where do the false statements and misinformation end?"
"In just a few hours Ken Cuccinelli's conflict of interest in the chef case will be the subject of a legal hearing on whether or not it is cause to throw out the entire case," said Democratic Party of Virginia Communications Director Brian Coy. "Ken Cuccinelli has been neck deep in the Star Scientific scandal since failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in stock holdings and gifts, so saying the Star Scientific-chef case isn't related to him is an outright lie. Ken Cuccinelli needs to stop dodging questions and come clean about his entire role in the Jonnie Williams scandal."
The attorney general then traveled to CV International on Olney Road in Norfolk as well as On Call Telecom on 19th Street in Virginia Beach for a rountable discussion with local business leaders.
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