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Va. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be sham-knocking in Fairfax City next week. Wait, what?

This post has been updated.

Got this in the mail Thursday. I think it’s real. Or is it a sham?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign team sent out this request to drum up support for a campaign event next weekend. Is it real? Is it a sham? (Cuccinelli for Governor)

You will note that next Saturday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks, yes. Also, there’s this definition of “sham” from Merriam-Webster: “a trick that deludes: hoax.”

Does that mean they will knock on doors and run away? Or tell you that Gov. Ken Cuccinelli would work for gun control and Obamacare? That might work around here, actually. So if you’re near Fairfax City next Saturday, be careful of that tricky attorney general.

Cuccinelli told me Friday morning that the Sham-knock is real, and they are planning on door-to-door campaigning on St. Pat’s Eve, weather permitting. “I’m sure St. Patrick would be proud!” the candidate said in an e-mail. “I can just picture St. Patrick, mitre in one hand, cell phone in the other...Okay, probably not!”

And we would be remiss if we did not include this brief clip from the Woody Allen film “Bananas,” which comes to mind whenever anyone uses the word “sham.”

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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