Virginia Democratic Attorney General candidate, state Sen. Mark Herring (D-33rd), is working to capitalize on the women voters that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may have upset over the last several years.
On Wednesday, Herring announced the formation of "Women for Herring" — a group of more than 100 female elected officials, former politicians and leaders from across Virginia.
Herring was quick to criticize Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.
"In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli and Bob McDonnell have shown us the opposite approach in the form of attacks on women's reproductive rights, from the unnecessary regulations that will force healthcare clinics to shut down to mandatory invasive ultrasounds that Republicans tried forcing on to women, to making healthcare less accessible to women and more expensive.
"This extreme, punitive and out of touch agenda that Republicans have made their top priority is wrong, and it's going to stop when I'm Attorney General," said Herring.
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Joining Herring on the call was Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus.
"He was raised by his mother and sister, so he understands how women fit into the economic fabric of our society," said Favola. "I know we can trust him. We, as women who care about economic equity and access to healthcare and privacy in our healthcare decisions - I know he'll have our backs."
The Democratic primary for Attorney General will be held June 11. Herring will face Justin Fairfax on the ballot.