VIRGINIA ATTORNEY General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) casts himself as a no-apologies conservative. But when it comes to his campaign for governor, Mr. Cuccinelli isn’t beyond a little airbrushing.
As recently as November, Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign Web site boasted of his uncompromising positions on illegal immigration, including opposing tuition subsidies for undocumented students (even if they grew up in Virginia), firing state contractors who employ illegal immigrants and stepping up deportations and employment verification.
But clicking Tuesday on a link to the campaign site’s immigration policy page brought up the following: “This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it? It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for.”
More likely, Mr. Cuccinelli’s views on the issue, suddenly out of sync with the GOP’s swiftly shifting stance, are no longer politically suitable.
As it happens, his record on immigration, as state senator and attorney general, is extensive.
As a lawmaker in 2008, Mr. Cuccinelli was chief sponsor of a bill urging a Constitution rewrite to strip the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants of their right to citizenship. He authored legislation that would have denied jobless benefits to certain employees for not speaking English. He pushed through a bill that allowed localities to investigate and punish crowded boardinghouses, which he called “one of the most common side effects of illegal immigration.”