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On Republican Primary Ballot Access, Cuccinelli’s “Compass” Has Sudden Change in Direction


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.


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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