RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Ken Cuccinelli is airing a new ad that seeks to untangle his gubernatorial campaign from a scandal that has mired Gov. Bob McDonnell in criminal investigations involving a nutritional supplements company and its top executive.
The new commercial comes as fresh polling finds Cuccinelli struggling with issues of trustworthiness issues as a result of the scandal that also touches McDonnell. The Republican governor or his family received more than $145,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific Inc., most of it not reported on state economic interest forms.
Cuccinelli, however, received $18,000 from Williams and his company.
Cuccinelli has distanced himself from the troubled governor before, but his new ad implies McDonnell is a villain. In it, Cuccinelli takes credit for launching an investigation against McDonnell.