All three members of Virginia’s Republican statewide ticket attended the same Harrisonburg fundraiser Tuesday night, marking a rare joint appearance by three candidates who have largely gone their own ways.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the gubernatorial nominee; Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, the lieutenant governor pick; and state Sen. Mark Obenshain (Harrisonburg), the nominee for attorney general, were all on hand at an event at a private home to raise cash for the re-election campaign of Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg).
The three Republicans will appear together on the November ballot, but they have not joined up publicly in nearly a month, since they did a whirlwind tour of the state following the Virginia Republican Convention.
Jackson won an upset victory at the convention over six other candidates, drawing some scrutiny for his past controversial comments and raising the question of whether his fellow GOP nominees would distance themselves from him. The Cuccinelli campaign has made clear the gubernatorial nominee plans to run his own race.
Asked about Tuesday’s event, Cuccinelli adviser Chris LaCivita said: “Ken stopped at a fundraiser for a member of the House of Delegates. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m not going to play silly Kevin Bacon games.” (LaCivita was referencing a game, known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, in which participants try to link other actors to Bacon via movies in which they’ve both appeared.)
An Obenshain spokesman confirmed the attorney general nominee was also on hand for the event. Jackson’s campaign did not return a call seeking comment.