Ken Cuccinelli II is launching his first television ad since being named GOP nominee for Virginia governor on Monday, featuring the widow of a slain Fairfax County police officer, who endorses the attorney general.
The 60-second spot will air statewide, campaign officials confirmed on Sunday. The campaign would not say how much the ad buy cost.
Officer Michael Garbarino was mortally wounded in May 2006 when an 18-year-old mentally ill man drove to the Sully District police station and fired 70 rounds. Michael W. Kennedy was shot to death by several officers in a gun battle that also killed Detective Vicky O. Armel.
In the ad, the Garbarino family recalls Cuccinelli’s constant support after the shooting.
“Every time I was in the hospital, I would see Ken Cuccinelli,” said his wife of 27 years, Sue. “I will never forget that.”
Michael Garbarino died of his injuries several days later.
The ad also shows Cuccinelli delivering emotional remarks at the 23-year veteran officer’s funeral before ending with Sue Garbarino, who called Cuccinelli “a very genuine guy.”
“He has a very deep commitment to helping other people,” she said. “I think Ken would make a great governor.”
Cuccinelli officially accepted the Republican Party of Virginia’s nomination for governor on Saturday at the party's state convention. He will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November in this year’s marquee political matchup.