“I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot access requirements for our statewide elections,” Cuccinelli said in a statement.
“However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system.
“A further critical factor that I must consider is that changing the rules midstream is inconsistent with respecting and preserving the rule of law -- something I am particularly sensitive to as Virginia's attorney general.”
A blow to every campaign that isn't Romney's or Paul's, of course. It also appears from this that Cuccinelli is falling into line with the VA GOP's position that it didn't do anything wrong in the first place. Motivations I will leave up to the individual reader, although I would suggest that there are alternatives to nefarious plots...
Moe Lane (crosspost)