Ken Blackwell

Career influence peddler and political mercenary Terry McAuliffe is at it again; and this time he’s pushed the bare-knuckled, gutter politics he’s known for to a new low.

Last month saw the 4th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals overturn an anti-sodomy statute in Virginia law that can be used to prosecute sexual predators who prey on our children, with a ruling handed down by a three-judge panel as opposed to the full bench. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli subsequently appealed the decision, sparking a headwind of media chatter, driven by far-left websites like Mother Jones.

Mr. McAuliffe, who is opposing Attorney General Cuccinelli in this November’s election to replace Governor Bob McDonnell in Virginia, threw his two cents in with rank political exploitation and circus sensationalism.

“This is just another example of Ken Cuccinelli ignoring the economy and instead focusing on his divisive ideological agenda,” a McAuliffe campaign spokesperson said.

It sounds like a good talking point, but unfortunately for McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats, that statement couldn’t be farther from reality.

Unlike McAuliffe, whose most recent occupation before becoming a full-time candidate can best be described as ‘green energy’ flim-flam man – a financial expert dubbed his venture’s funding scheme a “fraud” – Ken Cuccinelli has a day job, one that involves prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

It was an effort to do just that that fueled Cuccinelli’s appeal of the court’s ruling. As the court moved to overturn the statute, the Attorney General was in the midst of prosecuting the case of William Scott MacDonald, a 47-year old man who had solicited a 17-year old girl to perform sex acts. Only the anti-sodomy statute allows sexual predators like MacDonald to be charged with a felony – if the statue were overturned, sex with a minor over the age of 15 could only be handled as a misdemeanor under current Virginia law.

So, should the Attorney General’s appeal prove successful, it means sex offenders who prey on teenagers can be tried as felons rather than receive a slap on the wrist.

“This case is not about sexual orientation, but using current law to protect a 17 year-old girl from a 47 year-old sexual predator,” stated Caroline Gibson, a spokesperson for his office. “The attorney general is committed to protecting Virginia’s children from predators who attempt to exploit them and rob them of their childhood.”


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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