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Roanoke Free Press
Monday, February 25, 2013

Cuccinelli Won’t Oppose Sequestration

Cuccinelli2Richmond, VA – As the nation hurdles toward devastating sequester cuts that could result in as many as 200,000 Virginia job losses, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli isn’t just refusing to actively campaign against the cuts, he’s actually indifferent as to whether or not they should be averted. 

In an interview with The Hill newspaper Cuccinelli was happy to admit that “Virginia, no doubt, with one third of its economy based on federal jobs, will take a hit,” on the sequester, but he refused to “weigh in on whether or not it should be averted or replaced by other cuts.” 

“It is outrageous that a candidate for Governor cannot bring himself to say that Congress should do whatever it takes to avoid devastating cuts that could cost 200,000 Virginia jobs,” said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. “We need a Governor who understands the impact these cuts would have on the lives of everyday Virginians, not one who is so far outside the mainstream that he would rather damage our economy than compromise his extreme ideological agenda.”

George Mason University study estimates that sequestration could cost as many as 200,000 Virginia jobs if they are fully implemented. Cuccinelli’s position is at odds with Virginia leaders of both parties. 

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