“It is sad and unfortunate the day has come that Democrats attack someone for protecting children from sexual predators. This case is about prosecuting a 47 year-old man who solicited sexual acts from a 17 year-old girl. It’s appalling Terry McAuliffe and his cronies would stoop this low.” – Cuccinelli Campaign Spokeswoman Anna Nix.

In an effort to score political points against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Democratic Party of Virginia and their allies in the media have spun up a firestorm over the AG office’s decision to appeal the 4th Circuit Court’s decision to over turn the conviction of a 47-year-old man who had solicited oral sex from a 17-year-old girl.

Justin Higgins thinks Cuccinelli’s appeal is embarrassing:

With many crucial issues facing Virginia, why is Cuccinelli getting involved in cases like this? The law is outdated and unenforceable, but for some reason the candidate for Governor thinks it’s worth making political hay over. I respect people fighting the fight against redefining marriage, but anti-sodomy laws? This is embarrassing.

But Shaun Kenney disagrees, and calls it exactly as he sees it over at Bearing Drift:

The question is, are the progs really this desperate to land a glove on Cuccinelli that they are willing to wrap their arms around pedophiles in order to find something to disagree with Cuccinelli on? How sick is the progressive left when they are championing the rights of pedophiles rather than putting those sick bastards in mental institutions? Have we really reached a time when Congressional Democrats — and Virginia Democrats — are seriously considering treating pedophilia as a protected class along with women, African-Americans, and Hispanics?

Tom White at Virginia Right didn’t mince words either:

Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Democratic Party should be ashamed to condone Pedophiles and some are even advocating making these child molesters a “protected” class and are calling pedophilia a “sexual orientation”.

At Virginia Virtucon, Jim Riley rightly points out that Cuccinelli’s job isn’t to debate the merits of the law:

Cuccinelli’s constitutionally-mandated job as Attorney General is to defend the laws of the Commonwealth, which is what he is doing here. The Attorney General post is not part of the legislative branch where the debate over the merits of such laws can be waged (unlike our President and U.S. Attorney General who routinely ignore laws that they disagree with instead of attempting to amend or repeal them.)

This is about one case in particular and you either stand with the victim or the predator. I’m glad to be supporting the gubernatorial candidate who is seeking to protect the victim.

The facts of the matter are this:

A 47-year-old man solicited oral sex from a girl. The Commonwealth of Virginia has every right to use every tool in the toolbox to ensure this creep is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The largest hammer in the toolbox happened to be the Anti-Sodomy Law, which the OAG applied to a case that had nothing to do with sexual activity between consenting adults.

Democrats and the Media know this. But arguing against Cuccinelli’s trying to prosecute a pedophile just isn’t as snazzy a headline. They are purposefully distorting the facts of the case and are willing to allow a pedophile go free in order to score political points against the Attorney General who is simply doing the job that he was elected to do.

This is disgusting and should be called out at every opportunity.