But when one goes totally wiseass, by making an absurd claim, one invites his own ruin to join in the game. It hasn't taken Cuccinelli long to do that, either.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office says records that would document the time, resources and meetings involved in its lawsuit against federal health-care legislation either don't exist or are classified as confidential "working papers" of the agency. Stephen R. McCullough, senior appellate counsel for Cuccinelli, was responding to a request under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act filed by Democratic Party officials and several media outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch.Click here to read the entire piece by Jim Nolan.
Cuccinelli's claim that the lawsuit cost Virginia's taxpayers $350 was silly. He invited a FOIA request. Perhaps that's what he wanted. Now his claim that either there are no records, or that any such records are "working papers," makes him sound like he's got something to hide. It sounds somewhat Dick Cheney-esque.
Exactly why aren't Virginians entitled to know how much money its AG's office is spending/about to spend on optional legal action? If his office has a budget, and it does, how that money has been spent/is going to be spent has to be information that we are entitled to see. Why not?
Is Cuccinelli going to say there is a security reason to hide that information? Will terrorists gain some advantage?
With his cock-of-the-walk style the strutting Cuccinelli is reminding me more and more of another Republican wiseass -- Ollie North. But this time the showboat got elected.
Where was former Sen. John Warner to save us from this self-promoter?