First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli
Republican Ken Cuccinelli (right) will face Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe (left) in the Virginia governor’s race this November.
May 19th, 2013
10:11 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: In new TV ad, slain officer’s family endorses Cuccinelli

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) – The widow and daughter of a Virginia police officer killed in the line of duty endorse Ken Cuccinelli for governor in a new television commercial that will start running throughout the commonwealth on Monday, a Cuccinelli campaign adviser tells CNN.

Cuccinelli’s first TV ad since accepting the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination Saturday doesn’t talk about his plan to fix the economy or lower taxes, but rather it seeks to paint him as a compassionate individual who will never leave your side.

“I honestly don’t know how I survived it,” Sue Garbarino says about the murder of her husband, Fairfax County Police Officer Michael Garbarino, in May 2006. “I just needed to be there for my girls. Every time I was in the hospital, I would see Ken Cuccinelli. I will never forget that.”

“He was a figure that I came to expect to be there every day at the hospital,” says Natalie Garbarino, the officer's daughter. “Ken Cuccinelli really cared about us, and that meant a lot to me.”

Two police officers, Garbarino and Det. Vicky Armel, were killed in the parking lot of their police station by a gunman, who was also shot dead.

At the time, Cuccinelli was a state senator who had met Officer Garbarino in the course of his work. The minute-long ad shows video of Garbarino’s funeral, including Cuccinelli’s remarks at the service.

The Cuccinelli campaign adviser would not specify how big the ad buy was, only saying that it was “significant.”

Cuccinelli will face Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe in November.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Getoverit

    " Cuccinelli’s first TV ad since accepting the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination Saturday doesn’t talk about his plan to fix the economy or lower taxes, but rather it seeks to paint him as a compassionate individual who will never leave your side."
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    CNN opinion.... Next.

    May 20, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Typical GOPer, using tragedies for political gain.

    May 20, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  3. S.B. Stein

    Nice but insufficient reason to be governor; where is the information that states that he has policy ideas and plans to help the average cop and citizen?

    May 20, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  4. AEJ

    Women of Virginia, please don NOT forget "the trans-vaginal probe governor – McDonald". This GOP guy is no different – continuing the same attack on us women. This is what I called BIG GOVERNMENT. As the old adage goes "same old, same old".

    May 20, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Jinx9to88

    The GOP nomination would fit right in then, the GOP we have in office doesn't talk about the economy either.

    May 20, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'm not voting for Cooch. He's more radical than Gov. Ultrasound. Not to mention that he's implicated in this ongoing investigation regarding the gifts from a donor.

    May 20, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    "It's offensive for Obama to use the tragedy of ______ for his political gain. This is terrible. He's using them"

    You were saying tightie righties......????

    May 20, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |