NFIB now gets behind Ken Cuccinelli
The National Federation of Independent Businesses has finally released their endorsement in the race for Attorney General and they have “whole heartedly” gotten behind the campaign of republican Ken Cuccinelli.
NFIB released their endorsements for Governor and Lt. Governor a little less than a month ago and did not weigh in on the race for AG. At the same time, curiously, Steve Shannon released a statement “thanking” the organization for their consideration after learning he was not going to be endorsed.
Strangely, representatives from the NFIB could not tell me when and if they were going to endorse in the campaign. They basically responded by telling me that would put me on their mailing list for future announcements. Today that announcement came.
Ken Cuccinelli is their candidate and despite the delayed arrival of their support the organization has promised they will do “everything in their power” to help him win. .
You can read the full statement after the jump.
NFIB/Virginia Endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General
RICHMOND, Sept. 18, 2009–The National Federation of Independent Business, Virginia’s leading small business association, said today it wholeheartedly endorses Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general.
“Ken Cuccinelli clearly understands the challenges facing Virginia’s small businesses,” said Julia Ciarlo Hammond, state director of NFIB/Virginia. “We have absolutely no doubt that Ken will protect the people of Virginia while also protecting the right of entrepreneurs and small, family businesses to own, operate and grow their businesses.
The endorsement comes from the NFIB/Virginia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/Virginia’s membership. NFIB’s political support is based on interviews with the candidates and a review of their positions and records on small business issues.
“Sen. Cuccinelli has distinguished himself as a true friend of small business. He was a leader on the eminent domain issue–a core concern to so many small businesses and family farms. Ken Cuccinelli’s near-perfect track record on our issues earned him the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award in 2007,” Hammond said.
“We need an attorney general who understands the challenges small business owners, their employees and their families face when it comes to issues such as legal reform, property rights and taxes,” she said. “We are proud to endorse Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general.”
Cuccinelli said, “As a small business owner myself, I am proud to accept the endorsement of the NFIB.
“I understand that small businesses are crucial to growing our economy,” he said. “Small businesses are the engines that produce–on average–about two-thirds of net new jobs. For that reason, as attorney general of Virginia, I will work to prevent the over-regulation of small businesses, which would prevent any economic recovery in Virginia.”
NFIB’s endorsement will put the considerable grassroots support of Virginia’s largest small business organization behind the candidate’s campaign. “We have 5,500 members throughout the commonwealth,” Hammond said. “Our members vote, and they encourage their friends, families, employees and other business owners to vote.”
“We will do everything within our power to help Ken Cuccinelli become Virginia’s next attorney general,” she said.