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On role of federal lawsuits to AG's term, Cuccinelli and Democrats agree

Rosalind Helderman

Here's a bit of rare agreement -- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and the Democratic Party of Virginia agree on two of Cuccinelli's top five accomplishments since taking office.

In a release this morning marking 100 days since Cuccinelli took office, the attorney general cited two pending lawsuits against the federal government over health care reform and the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gases as his top two initiatives since taking office.

"The attorney general stands to defend the laws of Virginia and the interests of Virginia citizens against potentially unconstitutional actions by the federal government," Cuccinelli's office indicates in his release.

And, in fact, the suits against the federal government also top the Democrats' list of accomplishments for Cuccinelli, though they've got a bit of a different spin on the litigation.

"Attorney General Cuccinelli has gone rogue pursuing his own far-right ideological crusade and funding it with taxpayer money," the party wrote in a release Friday about the first 100 days of Cuccinelli, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

There's little wiggle room in this debate. Cuccinelli believes he is defending the Constitution with his suits and Virginians will agree with him. The Democrats believe the suits are a waste of time and money and believe Virginians will agree with them. Only time will tell where the public ends up.

Meanwhile, the other issues rounding out Cuccinelli's self-declared top five achievements since taking office don't exactly make it into the opposition's material. He cites work with McDonnell to oppose any move to transfer convicted murderer Jens Soering from Virginia back to his native Germany, a process that had been initiated by former Gov. Tim Kaine (D).

Also making the list, convincing courts to approve civil commitments of 15 sexual offenders and working with the Virginia State Corporation Commission to secure a rate reduction from Dominion Virginia Power.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 27, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Good article -- I referenced it in my own blog post on the subject (a poem about how everybody seems to be suing everybody these days in these Disunited States. Please check it out at and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Posted by: RayinDC | April 30, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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