Helping a Republican ticket across state lines, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be campaigning for Kentucky attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool in late September.
The trip will be highlighted by a fundraiser in Elizabethtown, which will further highlight GOP nominee’s attempts to nationalize the race against Demcoratic Attorney General Jack Conway as a referendum on President Obama‘s health care law.
Elected in 2009, Cuccinelli gained national attention last year for becoming the first attorney general to successfully challenge the law in federal court.
The P’Pool campaign says that bringing a conservative leader such as Cuccinelli, who is a rumored Senate candidate next year, gives them a boost.
It also draws further attention to P’Pool’s promise to join 27 other attorneys general in a lawsuit against the health care overhaul.
“I am honored to have General Cuccinelli come to Kentucky and campaign on my behalf,” P’Pool said in a news release. “His conservative leadership against the unconstitutional healthcare law is a model that I pledge to replicate here in Kentucky.”
Since the annual Fancy Farm picnic, the rhetoric has been ratcheted up around what’s becoming the most watched statewide race.
In response to P’Pool’s first television ad Tuesday, the Kentucky Democratic Party blasted the Hopkins County Attorney, outlining what it calls a “reality check” to compare against his qualifications.
The document makes a number of allegations to contrast with the commercial, including that P’Pool failed the bar exam once, defended organized crime in court and was kicked off the student Senate while attending the University of Kentucky.
A P’Pool spokesman called the attacks baseless and a sign of desperation, adding Conway and the KDP have a history of going after their opponent’s years in college in previous elections.
“It’s also true Todd was put in time out during elementary school for chewing gum,” says P’Pool campaign spokesman David Ray. “But yes, when Todd was married and raising a daughter and holding a job, he didn’t pass the bar (the first time). He’s not a trust fund baby like Jack Conway. He’s also proud of his work as a public defender, which were assigned to him by a judge. This is clearly a desperate attack from the architects of Aqua Buddha.”
But Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Logsdon went further and admonished P’Pool for accepting contributions from Sullivan University executives, who are part of an ongoing investigation by Conway’s office.
“If Todd P’Pool was completely honest with the people of Kentucky, this television ad would include a disclaimer that it was paid for by those under investigation for defrauding Kentuckians,” he says.
P’Pool has refused to return the donations, but told WFPL the contributions won’t impact on his decision-making if elected this fall.