Months ago, Virginia's Attorney General (Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican) initiated an investigation of fraud targeting Dr. Michael Mann (the infamous “hockey stick” graph creator). Dr. Mann is a professor at the University of Virginia, and Cuccinelli is investigating the misuse of public funds.
I've not commented on this before, because I wasn't sure in my own mind whether the investigation was justifiable (not being party to whatever evidence Cuccinelli had) and was quite possibly more of a witch hunt (Cuccinelli is an outspoke AGW skeptic) than of substance.
But today comes news that makes me wonder. It seems that two state Senators (Democrats, both) have proposed legislation that would prevent Cuccinelli from continuing his investigation, by retroactively removing his authorization.
That smells like shenanigans to me.
And now I'm more inclined to believe that Cuccinelli had something real to investigate. Otherwise why would there be retroactive butt-covering going on?
Get 'em, Cuccinelli! String 'em up!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011