CUCCINELLI’S TRUE COLORS…. I feel like we’ve seen this story before: a Republican runs statewide in Virginia, presents himself as a moderate, gets elected, and ends up being significantly more right-wing then he let on during the campaign.

Take newly-elected state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), for example.

Not Larry Sabato posts an audio clip of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, apparently recorded some time during the campaign, musing about how one could go about challenging President Obama’s eligibility for the office and saying that the speculation that he was actually born in Kenya “doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.”

Cuccinelli added that “it’s possible” he would use his office to test the president’s eligibility/citizenship if Virginia were involved in litigation against the federal government.

Ben Tribbett of the Not Larry Sabato blog that broke the story has not revealed the source of the clip, and we don’t yet know who asked Cuccinelli the Birther questions. It was apparently recorded after Cuccinelli’s election (November 2009) and before his swearing-in (mid-January 2010). When Eric Kleefeld asked the state AG’s office for comment, officials declined.

This is, by the way, the same Cuccinelli who recently told Virginia’s colleges and universities to scrap policies that ban discrimination against gay employees. Cuccinelli also told voters last year that he’s considering not registering his son for a Social Security number because “it is being used to track you.”


Virginia has become a pretty competitive state in recent years, and I can’t help but wonder if Virginians fully appreciated the extent of Cuccinelli’s far-right worldview when he was elected.

Steve Benen

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