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Two controversies dominate race for Governor

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Two major developments this week in the race to be Virginia's next governor, both examples of the types of controversies that could haunt both candidates right up until election day.

For Ken Cuccinelli it was a new book that gave Democrats the opportunity to paint him as an extreme conservative.  For Terry McAuliffe it was an old association of his, caught up in a scandal he has nothing to do with.

It is a book that has yet to be released, but it's already making news. Released excerpts from

Ken Cuccinelli's forthcoming: "The Last Line of Defense" prompted the Washington Post to say the book "Echo's Romney's 47 percent."

The excerpts lay the ground work for Cuccinelli's argument against the encroachment of government. It is similar to what he said at this speech to the Iowa Republican Party last spring.

"The liberal sales pitch is easy. Here is a check," he said to laughs. "Vote to keep us in power and the checks will keep coming."

Democrats described the premise of the book as "extreme".

Pete Snyder, a candidate for Lt. Governor hopes to be Cuccinelli's running mate and believes the democrats are wrong.

"I am proud to have Ken Cuccinelli standing up and standing firm," Snyder said.

The Democrats have problems of their own, their nominee Terry McAuliffe's long history as a fund raiser for Democratic candidates has connected him with many people, including Salomon Melgen, a man linked to a sex scandal involving New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.

The Miami Herald described McAuliffe as "close friends".  McAuliffe knew and played golf with Melgen, but that was it.

Josh Schwerin, a spokesman said McAuliffe has no connection to the Menendez scandal.

"If there was any wrongdoing Melgen, needs to be held fully accountable for his actions," said Schwerin.

And the race remains close, most polls show the two candidates neck and neck with the possibility that Lt. Governor Bill Bolling may still run as an independent.

We have more on the race for governor on DecisionVirginia.com.

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