Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli's bleeding heart 

"Fire-breathing conservative."

"Law and order Republican."

Those are the nice, non-judgmental things people say about Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli. If you really follow his record, though, you see something else.

First, in 2004, Cuccinelli was a champion of a bill making giving the Governor the right to exonerate a convict by issuing a "writ of actual innocence."

In 2009, while running in a contested GOP primary for AG, Cuccinelli cast the lone GOP vote in the state senate against expanding the death penalty.

And this week, he convinced Gov. Bob McDonnell to give parole to Thomas Haynesworth, a black man convicted of rape -- apparently in error. Now Cuccinelli is working for a "writ of actual innocence" in order to completely wipe Haynesworth's record clean.

Doesn't quite fit with the liberal narrative of the man or of conservative politicians.

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