As attorney general, Cuccinelli last year declined to join a majority of his state counterparts in support of the Violence Against Women Act; he was among only three who didn’t sign a letter imploring Congress to reauthorize the legislation first enacted in 1994.

In a statement, state Democratic Party chairwoman Charniele Herring pointed to Cuccinelli’s stance on the federal legislation as one troubling aspect of his record that also includes efforts to restrict abortion.

“When he had the opportunity to stand up to violence against women, he refused,” she said. “Virginia women can’t afford a Governor who is more focused on his extreme agenda then on keeping us safe.”