How do you spell political S-T-R-E-T-C-H?
Just consider the kerfuffle Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli attempted to raise against on former Gov. Tim Kaine, who’s running against George Allen for the Senate.
It was the cheapest and most sniveling political attack I’ve ever seen mounted by a top Virginia elected official.
It had to do with the infamous Jens Soering murder case, an issue on which Kaine is certainly vulnerable, because of the former governor’s quiet moves in the latter days of his administration to help Soering get transferred to his native Germany, where the chances he’d get parole are far more likely.
But Cuccinelli didn’t bother with that. Instead, he held a dial-in press conference in which his dished out this sensational “scoop:” Kaine tried to save Soering from the death penalty!
My colleague Mike Sluss had the story here.
“What I find most shocking is that he [Kaine]was a witness on behalf of a double-murderer to help keep him from extradited to Virginia, or at least to keep us from having available the death penalty in this case if he were extradited,” said Cuccinelli, who has endorsed Kaine’s Republican rival, George Allen.
On the surface, it sounds like hot stuff, huh? First, as governor, Kaine tried to get Soering shipped to Europe where he could be freed!
Even WORSE, now we learn he was trying to save the brutal killer’s life!
- Kaine was never a witness for Soering.
- Kaine never filed a document attempting to spare Soering from the death penalty.
- The document, which never mentions Soering’s name, was something Kaine wrote in 1988, long before he held any state office.
- It was filed in a completely different case, 24 years ago, on behalf of a different defendant, but it apparently got picked up by Soering’s attorneys, without Kaine’s knowledge, and filed in Soering’s case.
Can’t Cuccinelli come up with something better than this? Seriously.
It’s as if he was accusing Kaine of stealing candy from a baby, except there was no baby nor any candy to steal.
Apparently, our attorney general is still reeling from the high-profile court cases he’s lost to get UVa scientific grant records, his failed attempts to sue the EPA to stop them regulating carbon dioxide, and the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the Affordable Care Act, despite a lawsuit the Cooch brought against it.
Why doesn’t he go after con man Bobby Thompson?