Given that the last six attorneys general who have made the gubernatorial plunge have resigned their office months prior to the election for governor, it’s reasonable that Democrats in VA are trying to push Attorney Ken Cuccinelli to do the same.
However, Cuccinelli has stated that he will stay put as attorney general and complete his term.
American Bridge 21st Century created a video that calls for Cuccinelli to step down as attorney general while he’s campaigning for the Executive Mansion. Isn’t Cuccinelli using public office for inappropriate ends, or at least not fulfilling the duties of his post to the fullest extent possible?
If you read between the lines of what Gov. Bob McDonnell has said about Cuccinelli’s choice to stay on as attorney general, it’s clear that McDonnell isn’t thrilled with his decision.
On Washington’s WTOP radio, McDonnell said in reference to his own decision to resign his office as attorney general to run for governor, “I thought that was the right thing for my campaign; more importantly I thought it was the right thing for the office at the time. But every attorney general’s got to make their decision.”
Essentially, then, Cuccinelli is acting in a manner more beneficial to himself than the people of Virginia and McDonnell knows it. Why would Virginian’s want to elect anyone like that? Why would Virginians want to elect an individual who has made it clear that his own political ambitions are more important than his duties as a public servant?
Cuccinelli cannot undertake both tasks without subpar results. No one can, the responsibilities of being Virginia’s attorney general and running for Virginia’s governorship are just too big for anyone to undertake at one time.
So please choose one or the other. We already know you’re a hypocrite but at least have some integrity by doing what all reasonable Virginians know is the right thing.