As Not Larry Sabato has reported, a tape from a 2009 campaign event has surfaced that shows Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) suggesting that President Obama was not born in America. Who knew that Cooch was a birther?!
Moments ago, David Mills (DPVA Executive Director) called out Cooch for his “extreme agenda” and this latest revelation:
Wow. We knew Ken Cuccinelli was a right-wing ideologue. We even knew he denied the existence of a global climate change problem and that he wanted Virginia colleges to rescind protections against discrimination.
But it wasn’t until a tape from a 2009 campaign event was made public this morning that we learned just what our Attorney General is: A BIRTHER.
That’s right, when asked about finding proof that President Obama was a U.S. Citizen, Ken Cuccinelli responded “Well… that’s a good question … Someone is going to have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. You know, the speculation is Kenya. And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.”
With MSNBC, the Politico and other national organizations covering this story, the world is finding out what we have always known – Ken Cuccinelli’s priorities are out-of-whack.
Since taking office, Ken Cuccinelli has used his taxpayer-funded position as Attorney General to implement his social views. First, he sued the federal government over the existence of climate change. Then just last week, he wrote a letter claiming Virginia state colleges and universities didn’t have the authority to enact their own non-discrimination policies. He’s pursuing one extreme, right-wing idea after another.
With your help, we can fight back against extremist Republicans in Virginia, and make sure our Attorney General is focused on the issues that matter to Virginians.
Cooch has issued the following response to the controversy:
I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response.
As I said previously, this issue was not a part of my campaign, and it is not part of what I am doing now as attorney general.
The Cooch is full of you know what! How folks voted for this guy is beyond me.