By all accounts, Cuccinelli is putting things in place to be the next governor of Virginia, which would be great for me since I live here, but I’m willing to share him. That’s just the kind of guy I am.
Why do I like him so much? Well, he’s Catholic, for starters. Actually Catholic, not just someone who says that because they like the sound of it. Which means he’s also very pro-life. He has seven children. My wife worked with him when he was in the state senate to get the bill pushed through that made it possible for the Virginia DMV to offer “Choose Life” license plates (which I now see everywhere I go). He took a personal interest in making that happen.
He’s also currently in a battle with the state health board over new regulations on abortion clinics issued earlier this summer. The Virginia Board of Health voted to exempt abortion clinics from meeting new structural and design standards applied to other medical facilities like hospitals. But Cuccinelli’s office said that conflicts with the law, and he won’t certify their decision:
The board of health last month amended draft regulations to effectively grandfather clinics into compliance with the new design and building requirements. At the June 15 meeting, Senior Assistant Attorney General Allyson Tysinger advised the board that its action conflicted with state law and said the attorney general’s office was not likely to certify the regulations.
In a memo to Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley that was made public late Monday afternoon, Tysinger wrote that the board had exceeded its authority and that the attorney general’s office could not certify the regulations.
“Our office is the first to review to determine whether the board has statutory authority to promulgate the regulations,” Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein said in an email. “Our office merely reviews the regulations and certifies whether they are compliant with the law or not. We make that determination solely on a legal basis, not on the basis of whether we agree with the policy or not.”
The proposed regulations will go through additional executive branch analysis before McDonnell acts. McDonnell could approve the regulations or return them to the board of health with recommended changes. The regulations then would be open for another round of public comment, another vote by the board and additional executive branch review before becoming final.
“This has a ways to go through the process,” said McDonnell, who signed the 2011 legislation requiring abortion clinics to meet more stringent building standards.
“I certainly won’t approve legislation that isn’t faithful to the intent of the law, which I supported,” McDonnell told reporters.
Cuccinelli was one of the first state AGs to file a suit (and do so effectively) arguing that Obamacare’s mandate is unconstitutional. Of the health care legislation, he stated that it was “the greatest erosion of liberty in my adult lifetime.”
He’s a second amendment advocate.
He’s fighting to reduce the government’s power of eminent domain.
On pretty much any issue he’s litigating, he’s on the right side of it.
I admit, I don’t know enough about political fast-tracking to know for certain whether stepping into the top spot at the Department of Justice would be good or bad for Cuccinelli’s long-term political prospects. Maybe being governor of Virginia first would give him the executive experience he needs to run for President a few years down the road. He’d make an impressive candidate.
All I know is that I’d love to see someone running the Justice Department who actually understands liberty, natural rights, and human dignity. Call me a dreamer.