The press conference held by AG Ken Cuccinelli yesterday afternoon prompted articles all over the commonwealth. Within hours, reports were updated to reflect that the Treasury Department, of which the Internal Revenue Service is a part, had issued a letter regarding the money. Virginia is due to receive in excess of $100 million from a Medicaid fraud settlement.
It seemed as if Cuccinelli’s press conference had prodded the IRS to act. Kudos all around
Except it didn’t.
The first I saw to report it was in this tweet:
Seems Cuccinelli knew the letter was coming. Further, as pointed out in this article, contact between Treasury officials and the AG’s office never stopped, as had been claimed.
Cuccinelli said communication between his office and Treasury officials was cut off two months ago. However, the text of the June 5 Treasury letter pledging an award to Virginia says it is in response to May 24 correspondence from Cuccinelli’s office.
When the letter came yesterday, I was willing to give Cuccinelli the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t know it was on its way. Perhaps it is my long years of dealing with the government that caused me to suspect it was mere coincidence.
But when I read that he knew it was coming, it really bothered me that he had staged this whole thing.
Add this to the list of reasons why Cuccinelli should resign as AG.