Release: Retired Brigadier General and Conservative Republican Criticizes Cuccinelli's Ability to Lead Virginia National Guard in New Radio Ad from VoteVets Action Fund

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

Norfolk, VA – A retired Brigadier General and conservative Republican calls into question Ken Cuccinelli’s ability to lead the Virginia National Guard, in a new two-week radio ad buy, running on Norfolk and Virginia Beach radio stations.  The ad, sponsored by a veterans group, VoteVets.org Action Fund, which has over 360,000 supporters, is running at a cost of over $58,000.

The ad can be heard here: http://bit.ly/18OZWbg

A full script is below.

 

The ad features Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Steve Anderson, a conservative Republican who lives in Virginia, and one of the Army’s top brass in Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In the ad, Anderson makes clear that the Commander in Chief of the Virginia National Guard must look out for those in uniform who serve under him. But, Cuccinelli’s denial of climate change science, and refusal to combat it through new energy technology, means Virginia will likely see an increase in super-storms, which the Virginia Guard must respond to, putting them and their lives in danger.

 

“Virginia needs a governor developing policies that make extreme storms less likely, keeping Virginians and our Guardsmen out of harm’s way… Cuccinelli avoids the clear facts – putting Virginia families at risk.  Denying climate change isn’t fighting for Virginia.  And it’s not fighting for you,” Anderson says in the ad.

 

Cuccinelli not only has denied the science behind climate change, he has actively sought to silence scientists who are sounding alarms about its effects.  His actions include filing a law suit against the Environmental Protection Agency for its finding that climate change puts the health and welfare of people at risk, and waging a two-year legal battle against climate change scientist Michael Mann, while Mann was at the University of Virginia.

 

For years, scientists had warned that one effect of climate change could be the increase in size and/or intensity of hurricanes.  Continuing studies support that conclusion.

 

Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 360,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive

 

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VoteVets Action Fund

“Weather”

:60 Radio

 

<SFX: low rumbles of thunder, rain drops on roof>

VO:

Tornadoes, hurricanes… superstorms like Sandy.

 

Scientists agree – climate change causes extreme weather and life-threatening storms.

 

STEVE ANDERSON:

I’m retired Army Brigadier General Steve Anderson, a proud Virginian and Conservative Republican.

 

When bad storms hit, the governor often calls on the Virginia National Guard to save lives and protect property and businesses.

 

So, Virginia needs a governor developing policies that make extreme storms less likely, keeping Virginians and our Guardsmen out of harm’s way.

 

We need a leader who will work to slow climate change with new technologies and alternatives to carbon-based fuel. 

 

Now, Ken Cuccinelli wants to be our governor and commander-in-chief of the Virginia National Guard.

 

But Cuccinelli doesn’t believe in the science of climate change.

 

Cuccinelli avoids the clear facts – putting Virginia families at risk.

 

Denying climate change isn’t fighting for Virginia.  And it’s not fighting for you.

 

<SFX low thunder rumbling>

 

VO:

VoteVets Action Fund paid for this advertisement.

 

 

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