The shutdown could have a severe impact on Virginia's economy, and stands to become a major campaign issue with one month left to go until the election.
Cuccinelli has already been pressing hard on the issue, running targeted web ads and releasing a web video slamming his opponent for siding "with Democrats who refuse to bargain" on cuts to ObamaCare in order to reopen the government.
On Monday morning he released a radio ad in
Northern Virginia saying McAuliffe "deserves part of the blame" for the
shutdown because he is "against working together to find solutions.
Cuccinelli has said he doesn't support a government shutdown, though he hasn't gone so far as to say he disagrees with congressional Republicans, and plans to attend a weekend event with Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGrassroots battling establishment on trade at conventions Fixing the disastrous nomination process Attacking Trump for the few sensible things he says is bad strategy MORE (R-Texas), a vocal opponent of funding the government without cutting funding for ObamaCare.
This post was updated at 7:25 p.m.