What a week for Ken Cuccinelli
It's been a great week so far for Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli. And it's only Tuesday.
On Monday, a U.S. District Judge in Richmond took the procedural step of allowing Cuccinelli's lawsuit to proceed against the federal government to declare unconstitutional the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare."
Cuccinelli argues that the law violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by forcing Virginians to buy health insurance. Judge Henry E. Hudson, an appointee of President George W. Bush, decided that there is enough substance to allow the case to proceed.
Also Monday, Cucinelli issued an opinion that Virginia police may ask about the immigration status of people who are stopped or arrested -- a position rejected by a U.S. district judge in Arizona last week. Cuccinelli claims he is stopping short of barging into civil immigration law.
And, on Sunday, The Washington Post magazine ran a gushy profile of the hard-right wing attorney general. Readers could follow the lean, tall politician in his "sun-drenched" kitchen in Prince William County with his seven children, hoisting a brew with staffers at a Richmond ale house, stroking a few hits on a baseball diamond and wearing cammies as he prepares to blast away opponents in a paintball game. The largely uncritical Post piece seems to be setting up Cuccinelli for a run for governor. Otherwise, I am not sure what it was trying to do.
To be sure, 21 other states have legal issues with Obamacare, too, and Judge Hudson's decision does not deal with the merits of Cuccinelli's case against the government, which will likely go to the Supreme Court. It would have been a much bigger story had he denied Cuccinelli's suit.
And early Sunday the immigration situation in Virginia took a tragic turn when an illegal immigrant and DUI recidivist from Bolivia allegedly killed a Roman Catholic nun and injured two others in a car crash in Prince William County. The nun, Sister Denise Mosier of Richmond, was a schoolteacher who had worked as a missionary in Ethiopia and Tanzania. She died at the scene of the early morning, head-on crash. The driver of the other car was charged with driving under the influence and other crimes.
| August 3, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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