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Cuccinelli signs book for enthusiastic crowd


Virginia’s Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli signed about 100 copies of his new book for customers at the Barnes & Noble in Central Park Friday night.

“The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty,” which was released on Tuesday, “explores the numerous courtroom battles fought against the Obama administration,” according to Cuccinelli’s publicist.

The book claims that the federal health care law, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies have violated the Constitution by exercising unparalleled control over Americans.

That message struck a chord with Rob Clark of Stafford, who arrived at Barnes & Noble almost two hours before the event started.

“We need to get back, as a nation, to the basics,” Clark said. “We’re not as strong of a country as we once were.”

A section of Cuccinelli’s book is devoted to the idea of “liberty pie,” which alludes to Ronald Reagan’s “economic pie.” His book explains that the “liberty pie” of today is being chewed up by government regulation, which takes freedom away from Americans.

“He’s using the ‘liberty pie’ to explain that the government is getting too big,” said Barry Isenhour of Richmond.

Government’s overreach was a common complaint among those waiting in line for Cuccinelli’s signature.

“I appreciate how he [Cuccinelli] challenged Obamacare,” said Adar Morgan of Caroline County. “I feel like the government has gotten too big and involved.”

The book-signing drew a crowd of Cuccinelli followers from the Fredericksburg area, as well as many from Richmond and from Northern Virginia. Leading up to the attorney general’s arrival, the crowd buzzed about his upcoming campaign for governor of Virginia.

“There’s a great turnout here. It goes to show the momentum the attorney general has going into the race,” said Virginia Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves, who represents Orange and Fredericksburg, as well as parts of Culpeper, Louisa, Spotsylvania and Albemarle counties.

Cuccinelli is running in the Virginia gubernatorial election against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as a potential Independent candidate. A survey released last month by Quinnipiac University showed Cuccinelli and McAuliffe neck-and-neck so far, with less than 10 months until the day of the election.

Cuccinelli’s book has also gotten plenty of attention from Democrats in Richmond, who are hoping the Republican’s candid opinions will hurt his election chances. Several of them even staged a dramatic reading of parts of it Tuesday in a Capitol Square office building.

Cuccinelli will be at the Barnes & Noble at Tysons Corner today at 2 p.m. for another book signing.

Charlotte Rodina: 540/374-5444