Claire Guthrie Gastañaga wrote an alarming blog entry yesterday about Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s opinion #05-094, in which he asserts that the governor does not have the power to protect public employees from discrimination on the basis of perceived sexual orientation. McDonnell’s opinion is premised not on the matter itself but, rather, his interpretations of the inherent power of the governor. It is Claire’s understanding — and she’s a lot smarter than me, so I’m not even able to argue with her — that his opinion is disguised as procedural one but that it is, in fact, a political one. He is an activist attorney general, as Claire suspected that he might be back in October.
Anyhow, read Claire’s blog entry. And steel yourself of four years under an activist attorney general.
Incidentally, local folks may be interested to know that I’ll be WINA Sunday morning, beginning at 8am, to talk about the latest revelations in McDonnell’s campaign fundraising scheme.