Advertising

Blog Roll
Who's My Legislator?

Virginia Blogs
Augusta Free Press
Bacon's Rebellion
Blue Ridge Caucus
Blue Louisa
Coarse Cracked Corn
Crew of 42
DemRulz
Dixie Pig
Equality Loudoun
Greater Greater Washington
Loudoun Progress
Moonhowlings
Ox Road South Blog
Pilot on Politics" blog
Richmonder
Richmond Sunlight
RTD Virginia Politics blog
Roanoke Times blog
Shad Plank
Vivian Paige
Waldo Jaquith


Find more about Weather in Arlington, VA
Click for weather forecast
Search




Advanced Search


Cuccinelli's Lame Attempt to Interfere in Senate Race

by: kindler

Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 22:26:02 PM EDT


How can we get Virginia Democrats even more psyched to support Tim Kaine?  Here's an idea: have Ayatollah General Cuccinelli abuse his office to make a cheap political attack on him.

Well, what do you know?  Wish for something hard enough and it happens.

Apparently George Allen and his cohorts have decided that they are not going to win the Senate race on current, relevant issues and so they have to resort to Willy Horton tactics.  Horton, for those too young to remember, was the killer George H.W. Bush blamed Mike Dukakis for releasing from prison in Bush's slimy 1988 campaign.  

It's an appropriate reference, since Cuccinelli is dredging up documents and issues nearly as old.  In a NUTshell, they're trying to blame Kaine for trying to send a German murderer convicted in 1990, Jens Soering, to complete his prison term in Germany rather than Virginia.  Bob McDonnell more recently reversed this extradition agreement so that Virginia taxpayers can keep paying for this guy's incarceration.  (Lowell summarized the case in a bit more detail here

kindler :: Cuccinelli's Lame Attempt to Interfere in Senate Race
The document that Cuccy is waving around like a flag right now is an affidavit Kaine wrote for another case, working as a civil rights lawyer in 1988.  Apparently, Soering's lawyers recycled Kaine's affidavit -- which discusses some esoteric details of capital murder cases in general -- without Kaine's knowledge or approval.  (If you want to read the affidavit for yourself, knock yourself out -- but you are advised to put a pillow on your keyboard to avoid knocking yourself out for real.)

From that, Cuccinelli has manufactured the lie that Kaine "was a witness on behalf of a double-murderer."

Huh?

As Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine responded:

We'll leave it to the Allen campaign and the attorney general to use state government resources to play politics in the Virginia Senate election...Governor Kaine is focused on working together with Virginians to strengthen our economy and create jobs.

Meanwhile, Virginians continue to wait for the day that our Attorney General will spend some time actually doing his job rather than just playing right wing gutter politics.

Tags: , , , , , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

False. (0.00 / 0)
If memory serves me correctly, Kaine said the deal was for Soering to serve as little as 2 more years in Germany then be eligible for release. That's not "completing his term".

If Germany had said Soering would get out of a German prison in a coffin, I don't think as many people would have been thoroughly upset to get him off of our taxpayer's dime. Combine that with the last-week timing that Kaine employed and it was a horrible decision that McDonnell rightfully squashed.


I recognize that Repubs see all other countries on earth... (0.00 / 0)
...as barbarian, socialist wastelands, but I think it is possible to trust one of our most important allies to do the right thing with its own citizen.  

For a Sustainable Virginia. Now on Twitter.

[ Parent ]
Menu

Make a New Account

Username:

Password:



Forget your username or password?


Advertising

FOLLOW BLUE VIRGINIA on SOCIAL MEDIA


Donate to Blue Virginia

About
The purpose of Blue Virginia is to cover Virginia politics from a progressive and Democratic perspective. This is a group blog and a community blog. We invite everyone to comment here, but please be aware that profanity, personal attacks, bigotry, insults, rudeness, frequent unsupported or off-point statements, "trolling" (NOTE: that includes outright lies, whether about climate science, or what other people said, or whatever), and "troll ratings abuse" (e.g., "troll" rating someone simply because you disagree with their argument) are not permitted and, if continued, will lead to banning. For more on trolling, see the Daily Kos FAQs. Also note that diaries may be deleted if they do not contain at least 2 solid paragraphs of original text; if not, please use the comments section of a relevant diary. For more on writing diaries, click here. Thanks, and enjoy!

P.S. You can contact us at lowell@raisingkaine.com and you can subscribe to Lowell's Twitter feed here. If you'd like to subscribe to Miles Grant's Twitter feed, click here. For Teacherken, click here. For Kindler, click here.

P.P.S. To see the Blue Virginia archive, please click here. To see the Raising Kaine archive, please click here. To see the Blue Commonwealth archive, please click here.



RSS Feed

Subscribe to Blue Virginia - Front Page


Real Time Web Analytics
Powered by: SoapBlox