Cuccinelli makes campaign stop in Gloucester

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jun 19, 2013 - 01:48 PM

Photo: Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli visited Gloucester Friday afternoon and met with local residents and businesses. Above, he spends some time with Gloucester resident Mac Houtz prior to lunch at Bangkok Noi on Main Street. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli visited Gloucester Friday afternoon and met with local residents and businesses. Above, he spends some time with Gloucester resident Mac Houtz prior to lunch at Bangkok Noi on Main Street. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli stopped in Gloucester Friday afternoon to meet with residents and answer any questions they had regarding his role of attorney general and his campaign.

At an event organized by the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce, Cuccinelli enjoyed lunch with about 30 members of the community at Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine, including Del. Keith Hodges (R-Middlesex). Later, both men visited businesses around the Main Street area, mingling with merchants and shoppers.

While at Bangkok Noi, Cuccinelli told those in attendance that he grew up in the commonwealth, attended the University of Virginia and earned an engineering degree. He later attended George Mason University for law school.

After graduating, Cuccinelli said he started working with people in the court system suffering from mental illness. "It’s an awful lot of stuff left to do," he said. "It’s a very broad, very quiet problem." He also said he worked with veterans to help them get their proper benefits.

When Cuccinelli got married, his wife knew that he had enjoyed working for several political campaigns and told him if they got married, he could work on campaigns, but couldn’t run for political office.