"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Principles, please

Some time ago, I took Virginia AG candidate Ken Cuccinelli to task for being less than forthcoming about his beliefs concerning capital punishment, since he had voted against a bill allowing for the death penalty in accomplice liability situations. He had opined that Virginia was executing "enough" offenders.

I thought, based on a clarification his camp issued that he was firmly in support of Virginia's capital punishment system.

Now we learn this about his views from a WaPo article in 2007 when he was running for the House of Delegates:
'I escape the conservative model on things like the death penalty, the mentally retarded and the mentally ill,' Cuccinelli said. He added: 'I am modestly more conservative than the district, but she is a lot more liberal than the district.'
Cuccinelli's opposition to most expansions to the death penalty and his support for increased funding for the mentally retarded stem from his Catholic faith, he said. His support for better mental-health services comes from representing clients with mental illness in commitment hearings.
Look, this is simple. Stick to your core values and beliefs and don't hide them for political expediency. If you believe the death penalty is immoral, don't be a weasel like Gov. Tim Kaine, who believes the death penalty is immoral but signs death warrants anyway.

Don't tell the Post in 2007 that your faith leads you to oppose expansion of the death penalty and turn around in 2009 and boast that you
voted to extend the death penalty to people who murder trial witnesses, judges and law enforcement officers. And as your Attorney General, I am committed to upholding the death penalty verdicts of our juries and will work to defend and strengthen our capital punishment law from intrusions and attempts by the left
to derail it.

People might conclude that whatever your actual position is, you don't have the moral will to be forthcoming about it.


Tyler said...

Your post is entirely illogical. You make it sound as if there is no way a candidate can be both intellectually honest and simultaneously against once expansion of the death penalty and in favor of another. They're not the same expansions that you're talking about. They're two different issues. Clearly, Cuccinelli was against the triggerman expansion and was for the law enforcement officers expansion. At least be honest with yourself.

By the way, good job trying to make Cuccinelli's religion an issue. No offense, but that type of small-minded thinking didn't work well in the 60s either.

If I thought anyone read this blog, I would be a little more concerned. Frankly, I'm not even sure how it showed up in my Google alerts.

Tom McKenna said...
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Tom McKenna said...

Not sure you read the post. Cuccinelli told the WaPo he did not share the conservative view of the DP and therefore opposed its expansion.

Now, he brags about how he voted for expansion of the DP.

He told the Post in 07 he had faith based reasons for his position, now all we hear from him is that he is a big supporter of the DP.

Something doesn't add up and it sounds like typical political temporizing instead of principled leadership.

By the way, I'm very open to voting for the guy for his strong stand on other social issues important to me. I just wish he'd be honest if he has religious reservations about the DP.