A local politician who claims to know Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “very well” says the man who wants to be the Commonwealth’s next governor is — for all practical purposes — a political phony who fakes his so-called conservatism to gain necessary support from the ultra right-wing faction of the Republican party.
Cuccinelli, this politician maintains, is nowhere near as conservative as he claims to be but acts like one to gain support form the gullible tea party and other hard core right wing groups.
Of course, this revelation comes from a political opportunist and conservative who doesn’t want to go on the record with any of this but could it be true that Cuccinelli is a closet moderate who fakes his extreme right wing positions because he thinks he needs to be viewed as part of the rabid right to win elections?
It’s possible. Honesty is not now, nor has it ever been, one of Cuccinelli’s political strengths. Neither are ethics. Although an assessment by a state prosecutor of the Attorney General’s actions in concealing his ownership of stock in a company run by a questionable big-bucks supporter of both Cuccinelli and current governor Bob McDonnell found no technical violations of the law, it does suggest a serious “appearance” problem.
In reality, it’s hard to break Virginia’s campaign finance laws, which are among the most lax in the nation.
Says the report by Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring, a Democrat:
Although one cannot help but question whether repeated omissions of gifts from [Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr.] are coincidence or a pattern reflecting intent to conceal, the disclosure of several other gifts and benefits from Williams in his original statements suggests that the Attorney General was not attempting to conceal the relationship. Furthermore, we find no evidence that in his statements the AG intentionally mischaracterized gifts and benefits from Star Scientific and Williams.
In other words, Herring is saying no one can prove Cuccinelli lied but questions about his honesty can, and do, exist.