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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --Republican candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelliabruptly left a meeting with reporters after being asked about contributions from gas companies.

"I'm the only candidate who has proposed an actual solution to the gas problem in Virginia. If you don't have an actual question, thank you very much!", he told the reporter who wanted to know about emails his staff did not want to hand over citing attorney client privilege.

The exchange happened at a forum in Arlington where his opponent attacked him for his connections with a father's rights group.

"It details his ties to a radical group that fought against adequate child support because they think it is quote punitive to men," said democrat Terry McAuliffe. "It's a continued pattern of supporting anti-women," he said.

McAuliffe called it "unusual" that two weeks after Cuccinelli was sworn into office as attorney general, he handled a private custody case for the head of that father's group.

Cuccinelli explained to reporters after the forum, "I was not comfortable handing over child witnesses two weeks after i was sworn in, I was not comfortable handing over to another attorney.. I did it without pay. just to finish out the case."

The forum was sponsored by the consumer energy alliance and was mostly about energy policies. The coal industry is not a big issue for voters herein northern Virginia. But it is in south west Virginia, a republican stronghold. Today Cuccinelli made an interesting analogy to try to get people here to care about coal.

He compared policies that hurt coal to outlawing federal government workers. "Just think about what that would do to northern Virginia," he said.

McAuliffe also mentioned coal. He said he had recently spent time with coal miners and their families and that the focus needs to be on growing jobs for the 21st century. He said Massachusetts is going to be first to build offshore wind farms and that Virginia needs to be second.

McAuliffe's former company Greentech is under investigation for it's possible misuse of a federal visa program and Cuccinelli's office is under investigation for allegedly giving improper legal advice to a large corporation in a gas royalties case.