Ken Blackwell

In agreement with Cuccinelli is Circuit Court Judge Albert Diaz, an Obama appointee, who was the dissenting vote in the case. Diaz, agreeing with a lower court’s ruling, argued that the invalidation of anti-sodomy statutes applied only to adults.

An attorney general doesn’t make the laws. It’s his job to enforce them to their fullest extent, which means taking any and all steps to ensure that heinous acts like the sexual exploitation of a minor aren’t swept under the rug as misdemeanors. The protection of our children is something we should all be able to agree on.

Taking bold action when it comes to defending children from predators is a hallmark of Cuccinelli’s career. As a Virginia state senator, he sponsored the Human Anti-Trafficking Act, which made human trafficking a Class 5 felony.

His time as Virginia’s chief law enforcement official has been marked by 400,000 seizures of child pornography images and 94 convictions of child porn offenders.

Furthermore, he’s received national acclaim from anti-human trafficking group The Polaris Project for his success in improving the state’s ability to crack down on sex offenders.

When the facts about Ken Cuccinelli’s record are examined, it’s obvious that this appeal has nothing to do with a “divisive ideological agenda” and everything to do with keeping Virginia’s children safe.

It’s utterly shameful that Terry McAuliffe would resort to putting innocent victims of sexual exploitation at risk in order to score a few cheap political points with his liberal base.

The people of Virginia should expect nothing less than an immediate retraction and apology from someone asking to be their chief executive. McAuliffe’s failure to do so, coupled with his unwillingness to answer questions about whether he would keep the statute in place to try predators like MacDonald as felons is a clear indication of which candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest is more concerned with the next election than the next generation.


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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