My good friend Shaun started quite the brouhaha over the Attorney General’s race, even getting the attention of candidate John Brownlee.  Upon closer look though, Brownlee may have done more to hurt his own cause than help it.

Brownlee was miffed about Shaun’s comments on the Bearing Drift podcast, in particular Shaun’s declaration that Brownlee “is not as strong on the pro-life issue as Cuccinelli has proven to be.”

Brownlee’s response revealed a shocking, jaw-dropping, ignorance (Bearing Drift):

“We both believe that life begins at conception and that abortion should be illegal unless it is to protect the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest,” said Brownlee.


Cuccinelli’s pro-life position does not include rape or incest exceptions.  While I can understand that such exceptions divide the pro-life community, for those of us who agree with Cuccinelli (Shaun and myself are among them), that clearly delineates Cuccinelli as more pro-life than Brownlee.  More to the point, it shows Brownlee really has no idea what his opponents’ views are.  This reveals a shocking amount of ignorance about state politics, one that Republicans must keep in mind when nominating a candidate.

That ignorance flows through to his second statement on the issue:

Brownlee also stated that in the six years Cuccinelli has served as a state Senator that abortion is still legal and he has done little to advance the cause of making it illegal.

Crystal Clear Conservative already dealt with this, but once again, Brownlee seems to have no clue what Cuccinelli has done in Richmond to protect unborn children, including his fight to defund Planned Parenthood.  Moreover, it forces me to bring something else up.

John Brownlee, according to his own website, was U.S. Attorney for seven years, longer than Cuccinelli was in the state senate.  More importantly, Brownlee was active with the judicial branch of the Federal government, the branch which actually legalized abortion in 1973.  How many times did Brownlee fight to have Roe v. Wade overturned?  In how many cases did his office stand up for pre-born children?  If there were any, his website makes no mention of it.

Given that the Attorney General of Virginia would have to defend any pro-life measure signed into law in the federal courts, you would think Brownlee would at least note some role he played on that issue.  More likely, he did nothing.

Perhaps he had no opportunity, but that doesn’t give him the right to pretend Cuccinelli’s pro-life record doesn’t exist; nor does it give him (Brownlee) the right to mischaracterize Cuccinelli’s position.

All in all, Brownlee’s response actually made me happier for choosing to support Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


Are we really seeing the true side of John Brownlee, one of the candidates running for the Attorney General’s office in Virginia?   After a recent online radio interview (from Virginia Politics on Demand) on Bearing Drift, we are starting to learn more about Brownlee’s views on the pro-life issue.  During this interview, Shaun Kenney (who is a cost host of the show) talked about how much stronger Ken Cuccinelli was on the pro-life record, compared to John Brownlee’s not-so known record.   After this interview, Brownlee attempted to clarify his unknown record by saying that both him and Cuccinelli are pro-life on many issues.   However, do we know Brownlee’s views on the pro-life issue?

       Brownlee makes an assertion in his response to Bearing Drift:

 “in the six years Cuccinelli has served as a state Senator that abortion is still legal and he has done little to advance the cause of making it illegal.”

One question to Brownlee:  Didn’t the Supreme Court rule in 1972 that abortion is legal (Roe v. Wade)?  This is a Federal governance issue, and there is only so much you can do at the state level to pass a complete ban.  Cuccinelli is a staunch pro-life advocate, who has stood strong on this issue at the legislative level.  So, his assertion is moot.

         The more I hear about Brownlee, the less I like.  Brownlee has not be clear on many issues of importance to Virginia, such as illegal immigration, etc.

         Cuccinelli has the proven leadership and legislative experience for this position.  As an attorney, Cuccinelli understands both the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions.  This is why I am supporting Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General.

**Cross Posted to Crystal Clear Conservative**

Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most dedicated and strong campaigners in Virginia politics.  Cuccinelli always stands for what he believes in, regardless of what others may think, and this is why I am supporting him.   He knows what it takes to win, and his recent fundraising edge proves this point.

Cuccinelli raised over $125,000, and his campaign currently has $110,000 on hand.   The reason behind his strong fundraising is that he does not stray away from his message for standing up for preserving property rights, defending the 2nd Amendment, upholding the Constitution and protecting the sanctity of life.

Cuccinelli said, “Conservatives are responding to my record of defending Life, protecting our communities, preserving Constitutional rights, and fighting to reign in the size of government.  I’m very excited about the early enthusiasm we’ve been generating across the Commonwealth.”

For more information, check out his website.

**Cross Posted at Crystal Clear Conservative**

     I received this e-mail from Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (candidate for Attorney General) about the end of the special session.  It is good to have an anti-tax warrior representing the 37th District and the Commonwealth.

 July 10, 2008

Dear Fellow Republican:
You have undoubtedly heard the famous quote: “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session….”  It is a quote lifted mirthlessly from a 102-year-old New York court decision [1 Tucker 248 (N. Y. Surr. 1866)].  Well, for the moment, your life, liberty and property are safe as the General Assembly adjourned sine die at about 1:30 this morning.  (Sine die is latin for ‘we’re not coming back ‘til January’).

I just thought you’d want to know, and it was WAY too late for the newspapers, so I thought I’d send you a quick Compass.

Some highlights include the fact that Governor Kaine’s bill got zero, none, nada, zilch votes on the floor of the House of Delegates.  Not even one single Democrat would vote for the Governor’s bill.  Ouch.  Well, that’s not an entirely clear statement… 

The bill had not been sent out of committee as of yesterday morning, and the House Republicans decided it would be a good idea to let everyone vote on the Governor’s bill.  So, to put the bill on the floor required a 2/3 vote of the House members to suspend the usual rules, but only 57 of them voted to bring the bill to the floor – all the ‘no’ votes were Democrats.  So, the Dems did not want to vote on the Governor’s bill.

This takes us back to the outrageous aspect (one of the outrageous aspects) of this special session, namely, that the Governor had no plan whatsoever for this special session.  Zero, none, nada, zilcho.  He appears to have simply called the special session with no apparent intention of doing anything beyond giving his initial speech (which, as you may recall got no applause even from Democrats on any point of substance – very unusual for a Governor), and then he was off to the Obama campaign trail.

I wonder if he even knows that his session produced nothing?

Now, mind you, harkening back to the quote I began with above, sometimes nothing is better than the alternative…

I will talk to you again soon, just wanted to let you know that your taxes aren’t going up – this time!  Of course, our solutions to move hundreds of millions of dollars from the existing sales tax to transportation did not happen either, nor any of our other proposed alternatives, so don’t let the other side tell you that it was the conservatives that wouldn’t compromise.  We offered proposals that would have our own state government tighten its belt to move money to transportation just like every family and business in Virginia has had to do with rising gas prices in that last year or two… but the tax hikers/big spenders would have none of that!  And so went the special session…

Senator Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia 37th District

*Cross Posted at Crystal Clear Conservative*