KEN CUCCINELLI II, the most overtly partisan attorney general in Virginia’s history, has waged war on Obamacare, harassed climate-change scientists, sanctioned discrimination against homosexuals and embraced Arizona’s (now mostly gutted) immigration law. He has clung to his post after declaring his candidacy for governor, thereby parting ways with past attorneys general, Republicans and Democrats alike, who resigned to run rather than entangle the office in politics.
Now, true to this record, Mr. Cuccinelli (R) has given a boost to the crusade to limit abortion rights, a cause he championed for years as a legislator: He refused to certify draft regulations governing abortion clinics, which had been watered down by the state Board of Health last month.
The move is classic Cuccinelli: ideological activism masquerading as professional legal “advice.” It was accompanied by his office’s usual disclaimer, issued by a spokesman who insisted that Mr. Cuccinelli’s personal views had not colored his legal opinion. The merits suggest otherwise.