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On Republican Primary Ballot Access, Cuccinelli's "Compass" Has Sudden Change in Direction

by: lowkell

Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 06:16:03 AM EST


Ken Cuccinelli is nothing if not bizarre. Now, after politicizing the AG's office and demonstrating a significant degree of disrespectful to Judge Gibney, who had specifically ordered Cuccinelli to produce a "three page statement of authorities regarding any conflict that may exist given his public declarations about the subject matter of this case," Cooch has apparently reversed course. Check this out, from his latest "Cuccinelli Compass."
January 1, 2012

Dear Friends and Fellow Virginians,

As many of you read yesterday in the news (link here for the story) I was considering supporting an effort to change the rules to allow the full range of presidential candidates on Virginia's ballot on March 6th.

I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections. However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 Presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system. A further critical factor that I must consider is that changing the rules midstream is inconsistent with respecting and preserving the rule of law - something I am particularly sensitive to as Virginia's attorney general.

My intentions have never focused on which candidates would be benefited or harmed, rather I have focused on what is best for Virginia's citizens, as hundreds of thousands of Virginians who should have been able to make their choices among the full field of presidential primary contenders have had their number of choices reduced significantly.

My primary responsibility is to the people of Virginia, and how best to fulfill that responsibility in these particular circumstances has been a very difficult question for me. I believe consistency on the part of public officials is an important attribute. And I believe that Virginians are best served by an attorney general who consistently supports the rule of law. That leads to my conclusion that while I will vigorously support efforts to reduce the hurdles to ballot access in Virginia for all candidates, I will not support efforts to apply such changes to the 2012 Presidential election.

I do not change position on issues of public policy often or lightly.  But when convinced that my position is wrong, I think it necessary to concede as much and adjust accordingly.

Sincerely,

Ken Cuccinelli II
Attorney General of Virginia

I actually agree with this analysis, that the Virginia Attorney General should consistently follow the rule of law in everything he or she does. Unfortunately, as we know, Ken Cuccinelli has NOT done that since becoming AG, but has been arbitrary, capricious, political, unprofessional, and above all hyper-ideological in just about everything he's done, from his persecution of climate scientists to his expensive (and superfluous, as he could have just joined the multi-state effort) crusade against "Obamacare," to his insertion of his own prejudices into public policymaking when it comes to GLBT citizens, etc, etc. Now, Cuccinelli has reversed course -- for whatever reason(s) -- on yet another matter he should have kept his mouth shut about. I guess we should be glad about that, given how out of control this clown is, but we also should make damn sure said clown never becomes Virginia's governor, and in fact is never elected to any office in Virginia (or elsewhere) again.
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Bill Bolling urges Cooch to keep his trap shut! (0.00 / 0)
Bolling's statement on Cuckoo's flip flop, per Mason Conservative:
"Needless to say, I am pleased that Attorney General Cuccinelli has abandoned his call for legislative changes to Virginia's ballot access requirements in advance of the Republican presidential primary in March. While I do not object to the General Assembly considering changes to our ballot access requirements for future elections, it would have been inappropriate to make such changes in the middle of the current presidential nominating process. That would have been terribly unfair to Governor Romney and Congressman Paul, both of whom successfully complied with these requirements and filed a sufficient number of legal petition signatures to qualify for the Virginia ballot.

"Going forward, I would also encourage Attorney General Cuccinelli to avoid making public statements that criticize our state election laws while his office is defending the State Board of Elections in a lawsuit that has been brought against them by Governor Perry and certain other presidential candidates. I am concerned that such public comments could be used against the Commonwealth in our effort to defend these lawsuits, and I am confident that the Attorney General would not want to do anything that could jeopardize his office's ability to win this case."

Hahahaha. Touche! :)

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For once I agree with Scott McCaffrey! (0.00 / 0)
See, Ken Cuccinelli is a uniter, not a divider, after all (if he can have pro-Republican, anti-progressive (and anti-environment, etc.) Sun Gazette editor Scott McCaffrey and I agreeing on something)! LOL
If anyone thinks Cuccinelli's decision over the weekend to call for emergency legislation to get a host of Republicans onto the presidential-primary ballot is anything more than part of this tactical maneuvering, try to take the blinders off. It's a transparently political ploy, aimed at sticking it to Bolling (who is supporting Mitt Romney) and to present Cuccinelli as a "man of the people" when it comes to ballot access.

It's almost a physical impossibility for the General Assembly to pass such legislation, even if it wanted to (and that is doubtful). There just isn't time, and in order for such an emergency measure to pass, it would need four-fifths majorities in each house. Best of luck with that. Regardless of the likely outcome, Cuccinelli has made his point and picked up press coverage.

(Why, exactly, Cuccinelli then decided to flip-flop and abandon his proposal just hours later is something worth deciphering, too.)

With the legislature unlikely to put others on the ballot, there's always the court system; Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, who didn't gather up enough signatures to make it, are headed that route.

The convoluted legal rationales being put forth so far seem unlikely to convince a judge, but hey, this is America - anything is possible.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Tactics (0.00 / 0)
Cooch pulled this stunt to ingratiate himself with ALL the right wing loons who were unhappy when their preferred GOP clown/candidate did not make the ballot the normal/sane/legal way.
  E.G. - "Mr. Cuccinelli fought to get my candidate on the ballot, I am going to vote for him as governor"

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Translation (0.00 / 0)
"I stuck my foot in my mouth so deeply this time that it came out my a**, so I better pull it out to prevent further gastrointestinal damage.  Also, since Romney looks like he'll be the nominee, I better drop this nonsense to start kissing up to him."

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Cooch is probably (0.00 / 0)
also trying to position himself ahead of the court ruling, which has hinted via its order that allowing all candidates on the ballot might be the result of the Gingrich campaign litigation.


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But he does have a roaring case of (0.00 / 0)
foot-in-mouth disease.

There's nothing in the middle of the road except yellow stripes and dead armadillos (Jim Hightower). PS I'm on Twitter here.

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Fine Republican (0.00 / 0)
He demonstrates the finest of Republican values. Of course backing down is rather strange though. Someone with a lot more kick than he has must have talked to him.

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
Edmund Burke


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