Cuccinelli's Ties to Donor Examined

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG-- A report in Tuesday's New York Times looks into Ken Cuccinelli's ties to a wealthy donor at the center of a political scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Cuccinelli, the republican candidate for governor, has tried to distance himself from the scandal in recent weeks.

The report in The Times says Cuccineli sold part of his investment in Star Scientific at the peak of its value last year, and made a profit. The company's CEO has been a wealthy donor to Gov. McDonnell and has also given gifts to Cuccinelli, including vacations.

Cuccinelli didn't report the gifts on his disclosure forms at first, but later did. According to the National Review, he said, "I inadvertently didn't report some things. I'm the one who went back and found them." He continues, "That's part of my commitment to transparency. When I make mistakes, I own up to them."

Local republicans had mixed opinions on if this would hurt Cuccinelli in the campaign. Some saying both candidates have their skeletons, while others predicting it could hinder Cuccinelli's chances of winning.

Mac Nichols, the new chairman of the Harrisonburg Republican Committee said, "There is just one small incident I'm aware of as far as Ken Cuccinelli is concerned. I think it's fairly insignificant, so I don't think it's going to be an issue."

The Times reports Cuccinelli later sold the remainder of his stock in Star Scientific for a big loss. That was from advice from a financial expert.

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