"The truth? There's only one candidate under investigation: Terry McAuliffe. Potential fraud that killed jobs and threatened national security. The press calls McAuliffe's attacks false," the ad's narrator says. "A Democrat commonwealth attorney cleared Cuccinelli of any wrongdoing. Cuccinelli personally launched the investigation into Bob McDonnell and called for immediate reform to strengthen ethics laws. Those are the facts."
Virginia's governor and the two men seeking to replace him are all having rough months in the news. McDonnell has been excoriated in the press for taking large gifts from a campaign donor, which he has since returned. Cuccinelli has faced questions about why he hasn't gifts from the same donor, while McAuliffe has faced questions about a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into a company he founded. There's no evidence McAuliffe has not been personally named in the investigation.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters showed neither candidate is particularly well-liked, but that McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli by 48 percent to 42 percent. In that same poll McDonnell is actually more popular than Cuccinelli — his personal favorability numbers are slightly less negative, and his job approval numbers are still positive, while Cuccinelli's are underwater.
This post was updated at 10:40 a.m.