Early on, prior to the Republican Primary last May, I had some concerns about Cuccinelli’s Conservative credentials. He actually voted to uphold Governor Tim Kaine’s veto of efforts to repeal Triggerman Rule. This rule made it more difficult to charge both of the Beltway snipers with a Capital crime.
Was this some anti death penalty Liberal? Cuccinelli was the only Republican to vote in favor of Kaine’s veto. I found this very troubling. So, I spoke to Ken in Ashland, Va at a meet and greet, just a short distance away from the site of one of the shootings.
And he explained his vote to my satisfaction. He believes that the death penalty should be reserved for the most heinous of crimes. He saw this repeal as expanding the death penalty and somewhat unnecessary, as there are other laws covering this situation.
So, Cuccinelli voted against his party and with his beliefs.
And the lefties want to paint him as a far right wing nut job. The problem is, for every vote or quote they pull out as proof, there are many times he has taken a more “liberal” view than his own party. The truth is, Ken Cuccinelli is his own man. He is not a rubber stamp for Republicans and he carefully considers the implications of his positions and votes.
Take the issue with Delegate Hamilton for example. On a recent visit to the Henrico Victory Center, I had the opportunity to speak with Ken about this issue. In a politically charged election year, almost everyone running for office has called for Hamilton’s resignation. Cuccinelli could have done the same and joined the chorus, but he is fully aware of the possibility that the Attorney General’s office could be call upon to act in this matter, pending the outcome of the ethics review. As attorney general, you just can’t take sides. Democrat Steve Shannon ignored his duty to the office he seeks and attempted to make political points with the issue.
Ken Cuccinelli said his position on Hamilton is neutral. His refusal to call for Hamilton’s resignation shows neither support nor condemnation. He is simply looking at the possibility that this may wind up in his lap and the proper thing is to remain neutral.
Steve Shannon has shown he is unable to make the same rational decisions. Winning an election is the only thing he cares about. So what if he screws up a case that might be his to decide in the future.
And the recent “revelation” that Ken Cuccinelli is somehow “homophobic” or worse because he condemns homosexual acts, not the individual, shows the ignorance of the left. He didn’t say he was putting cameras in bedrooms. He simply believes the acts are wrong, not the people. Hardly radical. I think most pastors would agree with that. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Ken Cuccinelli is simply a deeper thinker than most of the hysterical lefties. And their lack of understanding is born out of their ignorance.
The bottom line is, there has never been even one accusation against Ken Cuccinelli that he has discriminated against anyone for any reason.
The hand wringing and gnashing of teeth from the left is a typical liberal reaction when they have a weak candidate who is unable to compete on the issues and has proven time and again he is ill prepared for the office he seeks. Shannon was wrong on Melendez-Diaz, wrong on Hamilton and is unable to even name the departments in the Attorney General’s office.
And the Left Wing Nut Blogs that claim Cuccinelli is Beelzebub in the flesh are foolish partisan hacks that only care the Cuccinelli has an “R” after his name. They have absolutely no credibility and show themselves as nothing more than laughable partisan hacks.