Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli decided to buck long-standing tradition by not giving up his office while he runs for governor.
Cuccinelli's decision to stay in office has been widely panned, especially by those who have given up the post to run for governor - including Gov. Bob McDonnell, who left the position for his 2009 run saying Virginia deserves a full-time attorney general.
Northern Virginia attorney Mike Signer - who made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor - wants to make sure Cuccinelli is devoting the amount of time needed to effectively run the Attorney General's office and not using the office to forward his campaign efforts.
This concern can be readily dispelled with open information about your office," Signer wrote Cuccinelli in a letter Wednesday. "Specifically, records about your schedule will reassure the public that you are not performing campaign functions during your work hours. Information about your reimbursements will assure us that travel arranged through the Attorney General’s office is official and not campaign-related. Finally, your office’s emails to political organizations will demonstrate that no campaign work has been performed using the Office of the Attorney General’s resources."
Signer sent Cuccinelli a asked for the following information under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act:
- Records of your schedule from Microsoft Outlook and/or any other electronic scheduling software for the months of December 2012 and January 2013.
- Records of your schedule from Microsoft Outlook and/or any other electronic scheduling software for the days of February 1, 2, and 3, 2013.
- Records of your schedule from Microsoft Outlook and/or any other electronic scheduling software for the day of February 4, 2013.
- Any reimbursements, allowances, or travel charges that you have personally received for the months of December 2012 and January 2013.
- For the months of December 2012 and January 2013, any email correspondence between you and any other staff of the Attorney General’s office and any staff or associates of the following parties:
The Republican Party of Virginia
The Republican Governor’s Association
The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign
Signer plans to make what he gets back from Cuccinelli's office public.
Read Signer's full letter here:
February 7, 2013
Michael Signer(Address removed)
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Office of the Attorney General