Check out this press release from Attorney General Bob McDonnell. Good for McDonnell — he got MySpace to agree to share sex offender information. Right?
Now read the Seattle Times article about the same topic. Note that McDonnell’s name doesn’t appear anywhere, nor does the state of Virginia. In fact, the bulk of the credit goes to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic AG in the mold of Elliott Spitzer, and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, another Democrat. Not only does McDonnell’s name not appear, but it appears that he had nothing to do with this move on MySpace’s part. The article names the seven states that took part in the demand for data, and Virginia just ain’t one of them.
I can’t claim to be surprised to find a politician claiming credit for something that he had nothing to do with. But I’ve read enough press releases from the McDonnell camp that I thought he had a great deal to do with this MySpace deal. To find out that he apparently had absolutely nothing to do with it is a bit surprising. I’m reevaluating all of the prior press releases I’ve gotten from his office, wondering how much I took at face value that I shouldn’t have.
10:55pm Update: Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s spokesman, has provided a response in the form of a lengthy comment.