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Northern Va. tech group endorses Cuccinelli

Monday - 9/16/2013, 3:06pm  ET

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli has come away from a forum and interviews with one of northern Virginia's most influential and moneyed leadership groups with its endorsement for governor over Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council's political action committee voted to back Cuccinelli despite McAuliffe's dire warnings that Cuccinelli's aggressive brand of socially conservative activism would frighten business and entrepreneurs away from the state.

Dendy Young, the chairman of TechPAC, said Cuccinelli's experience in government and command of issues trumped such concerns.

Young said in announcing the endorsement that Cuccinelli assured the TechPAC's trustees that as governor, he'd focus on jobs and the economy, "and not on a divisive social agenda."

Both Cuccinelli and McAuliffe live in Fairfax County in northern Virginia.

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