Cuccinelli to campaign for Ky. AG candidate

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 18, 2011, 12:36pm


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be campaigning alongside Todd P'Pool, the Republican candidate for Kentucky attorney general, next month.

Jonathan Duke, political director for P'Pool's campaign, said Cuccinelli will be supporting P'Pool at a health care-focused fundraising event and briefing of the medical community in Kentucky on Sept. 29.

The two share a common interest: fighting President Barack Obama's health care reform.

P'Pool has said he will protect Kentucky by fighting the new health care law.

The GOP candidate says the reform, which passed last year, will change the way area hospitals and physicians do business, kill jobs in the private sector, hurt health care in the state and devastate Kentucky's budget.

Fourteen states, joined later by 12 others, filed a challenge to the law in March 2010. The 26 states contend that its individual mandate requiring that all Americans purchase health insurance or face a penalty is unconstitutional.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, P'Pool's Democratic opponent in the Nov. 8 general election, has refused to join the lawsuit.

Last year, Cuccinelli filed his own lawsuit against the reform.

The Virginia attorney general argues that its individual mandate requiring all Americans purchase health insurance or face a penalty is unconstitutional and violates state law.

P'Pool campaign manager David Ray told The Associated Press that many conservative leaders view the Kentucky race as an important one.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt also will be attending the September event in support of P'Pool, Duke said.

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