March 8, 2016 News & Press Releases · Press Releases and Announcements

Republicans Turn to Extremist Cuccinelli in Latest Embarrassing Effort to Bump Qualified Female Jurist

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Early today, the Virginian-Pilot reported that Republicans are considering failed gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia. This is the latest chapter in a political disaster for Virginia Republicans who are throwing everything at the wall trying to keep a qualified and bipartisan female jurist off of the bench.

During his time as Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli has been described as someone who, "demeaned his office by using it as a blatantly partisan bully pulpit to attack Obamacare, illegal immigrants, homosexuals and climate-change scientists." Virginians rejected Cuccinelli for Governor, but Republicans remain under the delusion that Cuccinelli would be qualified for a role that demands impartiality. Meanwhile, Republicans are hell-bent on replacing Jane Roush, a well-respected and experienced jurist who everyone agrees is qualified to do the job.

"Virginia Republicans are considering ramming Cuccinelli into Virginia's highest court to replace a well-qualified, bipartisan female jurist, even after Virginians rejected his extreme positions during his failed 2013 gubernatorial bid," said Emily Bolton of the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Instead of simply accepting the appointment of Jane Roush as a qualified and respected pick for the court, Republicans have engaged in an embarrassing and demeaning effort to remove her that has imperiled the impartiality of our judiciary system. It's time to bring this rolling fiasco to an end and elect Justice Roush to the full term she deserves."

Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with qualifications. It is a cynical political maneuver on the part of Virginia Republicans. See for yourself:

Editorial: Virginia Republicans plan to throw a qualified justice out of the courtroom [Washington Post, 8/4/2015
Editorial: Judicial Appointment becomes a pawn [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 8/5/2015]
Editorial: Don’t fire Justice Roush  [Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 8/6/2015
Editorial: Judgeship fiasco may have taught GOP a lesson [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/1/2015
Editorial:  A spiteful power play over judges [Daily Progress, 2/12/2016

Op-ed: Why the Virginia legislature must elect Roush [Carl Tobias via Washington Post, 1/8/2016]