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Democrats Call On Virginia Attorney General To Come Clean

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been linked to undisclosed gifts by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been linked to undisclosed gifts by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Virginia Democrats are calling on Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to release information about his ties to a prominent businessman at the center of a growing political scandal.

State Senator Donald McEachin says he is still waiting to receive a response from a Freedom of Information Act request he filed last week asking the attorney general for documents outlining his relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, a Virginia businessman at the center of an investigation into undisclosed gifts and contributions to Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.

Now, McEachin says, he wants to know Cuccinelli's role.

"The least he could do is give Virginians access to records that belong to them that may help the public understand how extensive that conflict was and if there was any more inappropriate behavior than was already revealed," McEachin says.

Republicans say the Star Scientific story is old news, and that the attorney general has already disclosed everything. Behind the scenes, though, University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Kyle Kondik says many Republicans are worried that Cuccinelli may end up paying a price.

"It doesn't seem like his own party is reacting as coolly to these stories as he is. I think there's a lot of widespread worry that this McDonnell problem may spread to Ken Cuccinelli," Kondik says.

Meanwhile, the embezzlement case of the former Executive Mansion chef is scheduled for October — weeks before the election.

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