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  Baril-McDonnell race getting personal [GOP VA Attorney General]
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Last EditedFreedomDemocrat  Jun 13, 2005 04:30pm
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News DateMonday, June 13, 2005 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTo say that the race for the Republican Party attorney-general nomination has gotten personal would be to understate things by quite a bit.

"I think it's predictable to see this kind of thing when you get into the final weeks of a campaign, and one side has seen that they're behind, that they're trailing in the internal polling. They see that their message hasn't caught on, so they're going to start shooting the messenger," Virginia Beach legislator Bob McDonnell told The Augusta Free Press, referring to an attack lobbed last week by nomination-race challenger Steve Baril, a Richmond attorney, at McDonnell's legal representation of clients before state agencies.

McDonnell, for his part, went on the attack against Baril, a Richmond attorney, for reportedly being reprimanded by a judge for his actions in a recent trial that Baril says he was not even involved in.

Baril told the AFP that the case that McDonnell cited was handled by another firm - and that he was out of the country at the time of the trial in question representing the Virginia State Bar at a conference.

"This is a wild accusation and is easily verifiable by looking at the court transcript to see who was in the room and who was responsible, and it wasn't Steve Baril. Nor were we handling the case," Baril said.

Baril said it is McDonnell who is playing games with the facts.

"It's the typical statement that you should ignore that man behind the curtain. Just ignore what Baril is saying. It's not happening. He's trying to redirect the discussion away from him and over to me," Baril said.

Baril said he raised issue with McDonnell's legal representation of clients before state agencies "because he is leading the ranks of legislators who are trading off their public trust and their elected office in order to make money. And I think that it ought to be made unlawful."
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