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After breast controversy, Cuccinelli ditches new staffer lapel pins

Rosalind Helderman

If one statement is not enough, try, try again ...

In a second attempt to quiet controversy over new pins his political action committee bought for office staffers, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that he will discontinue use of the pins, which he said have become a distraction to his office.

The new pin had featured a historic version of the Virginia seal, in which the Roman Goddess Virtus's traditionally bare breast is covered by a plate of armor. His new statement also seems to have been prompted by those who have noticed that the historic seal he chose -- there were apparently several versions before the Virginia state seal was formally adopted in the 1930s -- was one that was in use during the state's Confederate past.

Here's what Cuccinelli had to say:

The image on my office lapel pin is similar to that of a large antique state flag that hangs in the Virginia Capitol. That is where I got the idea for my pin. I liked this particular image and thought it would be something unique for my employees. I cannot believe that joking with my staff about Virtue being a little more "virtuous" in this antique version has become news. This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin. I think we all do the citizens a service by getting back to talking about things that are more important to them, including my office's work last week to get four sexually violent predators committed to mental health treatment, the collection of $225,000 in back debt owed to the commonwealth, and assisting local law enforcement in an investigation that resulted in a drug kingpin being sentenced to life without parole.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Virginia has weighed in. Party Chairman Dick Cranwell said in a statement:

Attorney General Cuccinelli has the wrong priorities for Virginia. This is the latest in a series of embarrassing actions that distract from the real challenges facing our citizens. All Virginians should be concerned that Ken Cuccinelli is wasting the people's time applying his ultra-conservative political agenda to every aspect of his job, even classical art. Under Governors Warner and Kaine, Virginia was recognized by Forbes.com and Governing Magazine. Under Ken Cuccinelli, we're only recognized by the Daily Show.

After the rulings which remove protections against discrimination, lawsuits that waste taxpayer money, and actions which cause Virginia to be a national laughingstock, Attorney General Cuccinelli's good will has run out with our citizens. Virginians demand common sense results-oriented government, not distractions, embarrassments, and misplaced priorities.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 3, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
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Comments

All Republicans are idiots. Unequivocal idiots. And every time they do something as stupid as this, they make themselves stupider in the public eye. He covered up a boob and we uncovered an a**h**e.

Posted by: ATLGuy | May 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

If this guy has aspirations of becoming Virginia's governor, he would be better served by focusing on the real issues of the commonwealth instead of his puritanical views. The confederacy is over and his side lost. Let's move on now.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | May 3, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Absolute fruitcake. If he flips flops on simpleton issues such as this, why should VA ever trust him with serious issues? He's a boob.

Posted by: Libramom | May 3, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of this man will not stop VA being the laughing stock of the world. I live in Australia and I laugh at VA,for their progressive views on child predators with their homosexual judges giving favors and how they think they are all cool.They are the true kool-aid drinkers of America.They will NOT protect their children and their schools are a learning place for suspect teachers in a union that cant be sacked.They have the highest pay and the longest holidays.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 3, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

RIDICULOUS YOU PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO HOLY FN CRAP !!!!!!!! NOW I HAVE HEARD JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING I THINK WHAT KIND OF WORLD HAS THIS BECOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS A LOAD OF STEAMING YOU KNOW WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
FN GET A LIFE PEOPLE !!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 3, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm tellin' you. People of the Cuccinelli ideological bent are sex-obsessed. They see sex EVERYWHERE. A classical nude statue or painting is nothing to them but another nekkid(sic) woman sent by Satan to tempt us, and they love talking about sex way too much to be healthy.

Posted by: m_richert | May 3, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

AG Cuccinelli's response to this manufactured controversy was very intelligent and reasonable. I personally am very appreciative of his efforts to protect the Commonwealth from over reaching mandates from D.C. Every little thing he does is picked apart, and his important contributions are ridiculed. I feel his religious beliefs and respect for the constitution are very mainstream and above reproach. Thank goodness we have him in the AG's office!

Posted by: LoriCarlson | May 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

He protests too loudly about nothing. Cuccinelli is definitely gay. Only someone in the closet could be so anti-gay and so offended by Virginia's seal that has been around for over 200 years. His pin even looks gay. He didn't just cover the breast, he changed the pose of the guy on the ground so he's much kinkier.

Posted by: hockeymom1 | May 4, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I believe the AG when he says it was an inside joke with his employees. After all, Macaca was an inside joke too. As with all inside jokes, they don't translate well outside the intended group.

Posted by: dpcret93 | May 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

This is not the story. Again, the Post gets it wrong. This wasn't a prudish version of the seal, but rather a Confederate version.

The Cuccinelli pin uses an image straight off of a Confederate battle flag from the 17th VA Infantry.

Here is the battle flag, judge for yourself-

http://www.fairfaxrifles.org/17th_va_flag.jpg

Posted by: tdm3 | May 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli himself born in Edison, NJ wants to upset the writings & works of Native Born George Wythe a signer to the Declaration of Independence and designer of the state Seal in 1776. Have you fools gone completely MADD? The symbol has stood for 200 years + and you want to follow an idiot from NJ? The idiot & his stff needs to be more focused on his job.. and not on what the state seal is doing.
http://www.virginia.org/site/features.asp?featureid=104

By the way the Fairfax rifles.org website clearly show the HAT plate emblem from a John Hall that was recovered from the field of battle. The hat plate of that officer shows the symbol with the breast exposed. If it was good enough for him & he was on the field of battle it should be good enough for you prudes who are EX pat from NJ.

Posted by: digtldesk | May 5, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli himself born in Edison, NJ wants to upset the writings & works of Native Born George Wythe a signer to the Declaration of Independence and designer of the state Seal in 1776. Have you fools gone completely MADD? The symbol has stood for 200 years + and you want to follow an idiot from NJ? The idiot & his staff needs to be more focused on his job.. and not on what the state seal is doing.
http://www.virginia.org/site/features.asp?featureid=104

By the way the Fairfax rifles.org website clearly show the HAT plate emblem from a John Hall that was recovered from the field of battle. The hat plate of that officer shows the symbol with the breast exposed. If it was good enough for him & he was on the field of battle it should be good enough for you prudes who are EX pat from NJ.

Posted by: digtldesk | May 5, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

the battle plate can cover the boobs on the pin, but the boob that is the attorney general can't cover up his own stupidity with all the back peddling in the world.

when is this sucker going to be impeached?

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand how this "BOOB" of a man gets away with his ridiculous antics. He says he is a laywer for the mentally ill; HE IS MENTALLY ILL!! Everyone has forgotten his first crime against an average, very kind woman in Fairfax County Juvenille Court just 10 days after he was sworn into office (working a private case). He broke the law and blugeoned an innocent person (a wonderful mother of two daughters) trying to further strain her relationship with her children for his Wacko personal friend, RON GRIGNOL, Men's and "Father's Rights" Activist. What a Joke. Both of these men detest woman especially professional hard-working women. He should not be able to get away with this very first crime and I am going to encourage my dear friend, Grignol's ex-wife to file a complaint with the Virginia Bar against Cuccinelli. She did not deserve what he has done and should pay. All of the weird things that he has done since seem to reinforce that this man is MENTALLY ILL and should NOT be AG of VA. (Just google "Cuccinelli Grignol" and see what you find!

Posted by: SeekingJustice1 | May 6, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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