I think that when we lose the civility of exchanging ideas, barbing them with unkind references like "crazies", the emphasis on who is more rational and based in reality begins to emerge for most of us. Disagreement is going to happen. It's HOW we disagree. It's the rationale that we use to support our positions when we disagree.
The convention has not happened yet. All three men are viable at this point and all three should promoted equally to participate in that race. This is not a "stacked" procedure.
I've seen the hype for Cuccenelli, and I'm all for spirited competition. I'm not especially fond of slam dunks, however.
There are several folks running for the office, including one very experienced Democrat. It is in our best defense to send our very best prosecutor to challenge him for that office in front of voters who look at specific experience.
As you browse thru the State Constitution Here
, be sure to stop by Article V, section 15.
An Attorney General shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Commonwealth at the same time and for the same term as the Governor; and the fact of his election shall be ascertained in the same manner. No person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of Attorney General unless he is a citizen of the United States, has attained the age of thirty years, and has the qualifications required for a judge of a court of record
. He shall perform such duties and receive such compensation as may be prescribed by law, which compensation shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected. There shall be no limit on the terms of the Attorney General.
. "Cooch" is very accomplished, but we're actually looking at the job of Virginia's "top cop" here. You want someone who has the "specific" credentials of a prosecutor and someone who can easily assume the State's top prosecutorial office. Without having to be brought up to speed. On "day one".
Intellectual Property and time in the State Senate do not equate to prosecuting criminals...which is what the AG does.
Former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee has spent the last 20 years serving the citizens of Virginia and the United States. As a young military officer, John volunteered for the Infantry and successfully graduated from the Army’s rigorous Airborne and Ranger programs. In 2001, President Bush appointed John as United States Attorney. As the top federal law enforcement official, John successfully prosecuted some of our nation’s most corrupt corporations and dangerous criminals. As one of Virginia’s leading crime fighters, John has earned the reputation as a tough prosecutor who knows how to keep our communities safe from violent criminals and drug dealers.
In January 2005, Brownlee convicted defendant Brent Simmons for the 1996 murders of two James Madison University students. Simmons had traveled from Florida to Harrisonburg and then shot and killed the two students. After a mistrial in state court, Brownlee developed a novel legal theory by using the Violence Against Women Act, which had been enacted only 13 days before Simmons killed the students, to bring the case into federal court. Brownlee convicted the defendant of both murders, and the jury sentenced Simmons to life imprisonment with no chance of release.
Two years later, John convicted a defendant for committing a violent prison murder. The jury imposed the death penalty, and Brownlee became the first federal prosecutor in over 30 years to successfully prosecute a capital murder case in his judicial district.
In May 2007, after a five year investigation, Mr. Brownlee and Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell convicted the maker of the pain medication OxyContin of intentionally misbranding their highly addictive and dangerous drug. The company and executives were convicted of misbranding OxyContin and paid over $634 million in fines. The criminal fine was one of the largest financial penalties ever imposed on a drug company.
Brownlee is the son of hard working and dedicated public servants. John’s mother served as a public school teacher for over 40 years – the last 17 in Fairfax County, Virginia. John’s father was a decorated Army officer and Vietnam veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and earned two Silver Stars for valor. John’s father retired in 2004 as the acting Secretary of the Army. John's sister Tracy Carney, her husband Clay, and their daughter Kyla live in Falls Church, Virginia.
John attended Robinson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and received three varsity letters in football. After high school, Brownlee attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on a ROTC scholarship. At Washington and Lee, Brownlee received a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Accounting, earned three varsity letters in football, and earned honors as a distinguished military graduate.
Graduating from Washington and Lee in 1987, Brownlee entered the U.S. Army and volunteered for the Infantry. John was selected for the Commandant’s List from his Infantry Officer Basic Course, and successfully completed the Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault training programs. Brownlee was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) at Ft. Myer, Virginia, where he lead an infantry rifle platoon. In 1997, Brownlee transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps (USAR) where he served for 10 years. Brownlee received an honorable discharge in 2007 at the rank of major.
In 1991, Brownlee entered law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating in 1994. After graduation, he served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Wilson. From 1997 through 2001, John served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Since 2005, John has taught trial advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law.