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03/14/2013 10:51 am ET

Ken Cuccinelli CPAC Address: Tea Party Favorite Criticized Over Mimosas Appearance

Virginia Democrats criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli Thursday over his CPAC appearance at a mimosa-themed party.

Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, was scheduled to attend a "Muffins and Mimosas" party thrown by HSP Direct, a GOP firm specializing in direct mail for candidates. The firm tweeted Wednesday that the first 50 guests at the party would receive a free copy of Cuccinelli's new book, "The Last Line of Defense."

"After Ken Cuccinelli makes his pitch to Conservative Political Action Committee this morning that he is just as extreme as anyone in the room, he'll head over to a muffins and mimosas party where attendees will be given a free copy of his radical book," state Democratic Party Executive Director Lauren Harmon said in a statement. "Virginia taxpayers whose bosses expect them to be at their desks during work hours deserve better than a part-time attorney general who would rather hang out with Sarah Palin and bask in the tea party limelight than do his job."

Cuccinelli has taken heat from Democrats for bucking state tradition and choosing to remain attorney general while campaigning for governor. Ten of the last 11 elected attorneys general in the state resigned their posts when they ran for governor.

Cuccinelli is facing off against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November to succeed Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who is term-limited.

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