Creep of the Week: Ken Cuccinelli

Looking for a good Halloween costume for next year? Why not go as Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s newly elected Republican attorney general. As Joe Sudbay of America Blog puts it, “He’s very scary.”

Why is he so scary? Well, he wants to put gay sex-havers in jail, for one.

A Virginia Pilot editorial endorsing Cuccinelli’s Democratic opponent revealed some pretty far-out shit. “My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that,” Cuccinelli replied when asked about an antidiscrimination policy that included gays and lesbians. “They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”

And this from a guy who, as a senator, opposed stricter laws against cockfighting.

But at least he’s not against homos; just homo sex.

It’s no surprise that The Family Foundation, an antigay, anti-abortion, anti-stem-cell-research, anti-no-fault-divorce group, is totally gay for Cuccinelli. In a column in the Washington Post, Marc Fisher described the warm welcome the foundation gave Cuccinelli at a 2008 rally when he was a state senator.

“Cuccinelli told the friendly audience that he was here to stand tall on ‘abortion bills and the fight over the homosexual agenda,’ a phrase he used five times over the course of a 10-minute talk,” Fisher wrote.

Five times in 10 minutes? Somebody’s got homos on the brain.

“When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically, but of their soul,” Cuccinelli told the group.

According to Fisher, “[Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick] Saslaw sees Cuccinelli as a prime example of the kind of social conservative who is too willing to use popular discomfort with an outsider group in society as a way to appeal to voters.”

“It’s been pretty fashionable around here for the past four or five years to pound gays into the ground,” the Democratic senator said. “Now it’s immigrants. When they get done with them, it’ll be someone else. They make their living on that.”

Hey now, Cuccinelli needs to put antigay food on his antigay family table. Plus, his record on all things homo goes back a while.

In 2005, Cuccinelli got all hot and bothered about a sexual-health fair at George Mason University. “They’re pushing a pro-sex agenda and an anything-goes agenda,” he said of the fair, which included “five booths with information on abstinence, condoms and self-help exams, as well as sexual orientation,” according to

Not surprisingly, he had a big objection to the gay stuff. “You can’t have safe homosexual sex. There is no such thing and yet one of the sponsoring groups is the homosexual group on campus,” he said.

And as we know, he doesn’t mind homosexuals as long as there’s no sex involved.

Oh, and by the way, Cuccinelli’s vision for attorney general is pretty enlightening.

“This office, for someone who focuses on it day to day for a long period of time, can affect the direction of Virginia government,” Cuccinelli told the Washington Post. “It isn’t one dramatic step on any given day, or getting one bill passed. It’s the gradual, slow, drip-drip-drip impact that you can have.”

Hey, Virginia, this guy is now your top law-enforcement honcho. Prepare to get pissed on.

D’Anne Witkowski is a freelance writer and poet. She teaches writing at the University of Michigan.

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