Cuccinelli on Kagan: Not a fan, but lack of judicial experience not the issue
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) said today that he is not troubled by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's lack of judicial experience.
President Obama's selection of his solicitor general and the former dean of Harvard Law School for the bench has come under fire from many in the GOP because Kagan has never served as a judge.
But Virginia's top lawyer said today that he doesn't see that as a prerequiste for the Supreme Court.
"I'd be surprised if she weren't confirmed," Cuccinelli said in an interview this morning, "largely because the president does have an easy path to it and she is not somebody that anydody can stand up and say, 'This person does not have the credentials for the job.' I don't think that's a reasonable conclusion. The people who will say that are people who will, at this point, will really just demand that somebody having judge experience. I am not one of those people."
That's not to say the conservative Cuccinelli likes Kagan as a choice.
He said he is concerned that her past writings indicate she might incorporate foreign law into her decisions on America's highest court. And, he said he is troubled about how little courtroom experience she has--as a litigator, not a judge.
"I wouldn't vote to confirm her, but I wouldn't be in the majority," Cuccinelli said.
But he quickly adding that as a state attorney general, he is merely interested observer in the process.
"Elections have consequences," he said. "The president has made his choice and she's entitled to an up or down vote."
May 11, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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