Cuccinelli wastes your taxpayer dollars
March 12, 2012
The Washington Post editorializes, "If Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) needs examples of official waste and abuse as he runs for governor, he could cite the harassment that he conducted against climate scientist Michael E. Mann, a costly episode of government overreach that is finally over. This month, after nearly two years of legal proceedings, the Virginia Supreme Court halted the attorney general's investigation of Mr. Mann, who used to teach at the University of Virginia. Twisting a law designed to root out embezzlement of state funds and the like, the attorney general had demanded oceans of documents -- including Mr. Mann's e-mail correspondence -- from U-Va."
Progressive Point: Virginia's Attorney General is duty bound to represent the best interests of the people of Virginia. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has used the office to pursue an ideological crusade. Rather than focus on consumer protection and enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth, Cuccinelli has spent two years relentlessly pursuing a frivolous investigation while wasting taxpayer dollars. Cuccinelli's legally baseless fishing expedition has cost the University of Virginia at least $600,000 at a time when they are searching for funds to educate Virginia's future leaders.
Across the Commonwealth, Virginians are tightening their belts and making difficult financial choices. Attorney General Cuccinelli should be focusing his office's resources on the real problems facing Virginia, not playing political games. Wasting taxpayer dollars on ideological pursuits is not the kind of leadership Virginia needs.
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