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Cuccinelli tells Tea Partiers AGs are 'last resort' against feds

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) was nominated for his office in the spring of 2009 by supporters waving yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flags, the symbol of the Tea Party movement that was then in its infancy.

He keeps one of the flags in his Richmond office, next to the flag of Virginia. So it's little surprise that he addressed the Tea Party's 9/12 rally on the Washington mall Sunday.

In brief but emotional remarks, Cuccinelli said King George III and the British respected the liberties of colonists more than Democrats now respect the rights of citizens. And he vowed to use his office and the courts to beat back the federal government, notably through his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

A federal judge declined to dismiss that suit in July. Cuccinelli and lawyers for the Obama administration are submitting new legal briefs on the issue. Judge Henry E. Hudson will hear oral arguments on Cuccinelli's motion for summary judgment Oct.18.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 13, 2010; 8:54 AM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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If Cuccinelli is the 'last resort' then the next-to-the-last better work.

Posted by: NancyNaive | September 13, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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