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Cuccinelli removes name from Supreme Court consideration

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RICHMOND (AP) – Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has withdrawn his name for consideration for the state Supreme Court.

Senate Republicans proposed putting Cuccinelli on the court on Tuesday after the General Assembly rejected their other pick. But Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle said Wednesday that Cuccinelli isn't interested in sitting on the high court.

Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston was initially the top choice of Republican leaders, who rejected McAuliffe's selection for the high court. The governor and Democrats want to elect Justice Jane Marum Roush.

The nomination of Cuccinelli, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2013, infuriated liberal groups. They accused him of using the attorney general's office to promote an ultra-conservative agenda

Senate Republicans are now putting forward a new nominee, Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough.