“When the Violence Against Women Act was being reauthorized in the United States Congress — 47 attorney generals signed a letter … —  [Cuccinelli] is one of three who refused to sign it.”

–Terry McAuliffe

This quote from Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe refers to a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Cuccinelli was, in fact, one of three state attorneys general in the country who did not sign it. A spokesman said at the time that the attorney general’s office had a policy of not signing letters regarding federal bills that could still change through the legislative process.

The issue has also been raised in an ad by the McAuliffe campaign. As the Washington Post reported at the time:

 The Virginian-Pilot reported that the DPVA bought $275,000 worth of airtime after the campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe transferred $300,000 to party coffers … 

The ad refers to a letter urging Congress to reauthorize VAWA; Cuccinelli was one of three state attorneys general in the country who did not sign it. A spokesman said at the time that the attorney general’s office had a policy of not signing letters regarding federal bills that could still change through the legislative process.

Cuccinelli has not taken a public position on the bill, which was signed into law by President Obama in March. Some conservatives opposed the measure because of language on domestic violence protections for gays and lesbians and expanded authority for Native American tribal courts.