Armstrong: Some speech should be regulated
Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong came out swinging today against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli after he decided not to support the lawsuit of a family whose son’s funeral was protested by the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. Armstrong appeared live Wednesday on NBC12 First at 4.
Armstrong, who described himself as a “staunch believer” of the First Amendment, argued that Cuccinelli doesn’t understand what the constitution does and does not protect when it comes to free speech.
“We don’t let people yell fire in a crowded theater. We don’t allow people to disrupt a teacher that is teaching in the classroom, We don’t allow cigarette ads on television,” said the Democrat. “All of those are types of speech, but there are some types of speech that we believe should be regulated.”
The outspoken leader of the House Democrats is widely considered to be a candidate for statewide office in 2013 and he pointed his criticism directly at Cuccinelli. A wise move if he hopes to gain the support of Democrats in a primary for Governor. The Attorney General has become a frequent target for die-hard lefties.
Armstrong specifically attacked Cuccinelli’s ongoing effort to subpoena the records of a University of Virginia Professor studying climate change. “The Attorney General picks and chooses his fights based on his own personal political agenda,” he said. “He needs to be reminded the he was elected to represent 7 million Virginians.”
You can see my entire interview with Armstrong below:
Reminder- The entire statement from the Attorney General’s office, with his rationale behind not supporting the Snyder family can be found here.