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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/ 5/2010

He's BAAAAACK!

By Peter Galuszka

Just in time for the November elections, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has rolled out another grandstanding play.

After a local judge tossed out his five civil investigative demands regarding the global warming research of a former University of Virginia professor, Cuccinelli has returned with a new CID, this one limited to one research grant involving only state money.

He is alleging that scientist Michael Mann misused state money by falsifying data to buttress his opinion that global warming is resulting from human activity, such as industrial air pollution.

U.Va. officials are understandably upset that Cuccinelli just won't go away. Fighting the first round of CIDs cost $352,874.76 in legal fees that were covered by alumni and other donors. How much the attorney general's office is paying isn't clear.

The university has better things to do with its money than defend itself against such obviously political legal actions. Problem is, as he has with a number of other attention-grabbing legal pursuits, Cuccinelli enjoys the media coverage, especially as he positions himself to take on Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling for the Republican nomination for governor in 2013.

Virginia taxpayers, and U.Va. alumni, are footing the bill. Strange doings for a supposedly cost-conscious Republican.

Peter Galuszka blogs at Bacon's Rebellion. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Peter Galuszka  | October 5, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
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Comments

It's become obvious even to his supporters that there is no fraud to be investigated here. The latest subpoena is a transparent effort to indict the science involved. Even if one is a critic of global warming theory, one would have to concede that the Attorney General's job is not to use his investigative and prosecutorial powers either to expose bad science (assumign this to be true) or to push an ideological agenda.

Posted by: krickey7 | October 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't VA's governor telling this egotist to stop? Everyone with any amount of decency and intellect can see right through Cuccinelli's charade. This fool is positioning himself for bigger office and he will claim he went after fraud. Never mind that he doesn't believe in global warming or even science, he sees himself as the only arbiter to decide this. This is a dangerous man and I feel sorry that Virginia's citizens are footing the legal bills as he continues with his witless agenda. I cannot believe that those in power at the University, the governor, the state's congressional reprentatives and other more powerful than he, couldn't stop him. He makes his political party look like a bunch of neanderthals. Ugly man, ugly agenda.

Posted by: papafritz571 | October 5, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

While this is bad news for virginia (wasted tax dollars, public ridicule), this is great news for Governor O'Malley & his re-election campaign.

cuccinelli is making it very clear what kind of fiscal and political insanity you can expect from electing a teabagger.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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