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Video calls Cuccinelli part-timer

RICHMOND — A new video takes aim at Ken Cuccinelli II for trying to juggle the job of attorney general while also running for governor.

The video shows Cuccinelli addressing an audience, asking for their votes, and saying he had to hurry off because he was late — 40 minutes late, according to the video — to a meeting on school safety.

“Caught on Camera: Part-Time Cuccinelli,” is how American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal super PAC that created the video and posted it on YouTube, bills it.

“As this video shows, Cuccinelli missed a significant portion of an important meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on School & Campus Safety while he was campaigning,” the group says of the video.

Cuccinelli was not at an event organized by his campaign, but was addressing the Virginia Association of Counties at a “Local Government Day” gathering in Richmond. The association billed the event as an opportunity to hear from the “presumptive Republican and Democratic candidates for governor.” Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman running for governor, also spoke.

Cuccinelli makes a quick appeal for votes as he winds up his remarks. “I’d be crazy here to leave here without asking you all for your votes,” he says.

Cuccinelli said he would not step down when he announced in late 2011 that he was running for governor, representing a break from precedent of the last 30 years. He is running to succeed term-limited Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) against McAuliffe and possibly Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is exploring a possible independent bid.

“It’s interesting that Hillary Clinton — who was being advised by Terry McAuliffe — didn’t resign [her U.S. Senate seat] to run for higher office, but now National Democrats believe that Ken Cuccinelli should leave his post,” said Cuccinelli campaign spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “Ken Cuccinelli pledged that he would serve his full term as Attorney General and like always he will honor his word.”

This post has been updated to clarify the nature of the event where Cuccinelli spoke.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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