Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he’s not swayed by left-wing “cheap shots” over an alleged conflict of interest by the judge who ruled last week that the individual mandate in President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative is unconstitutional, according to Fox News.
Shortly after Henry E. Hudson delivered his ruling last week, critics questioned Hudson's impartiality because he is a part owner of Campaign Solutions, a political consulting company that Cuccinelli hired during his 2009 attorney general bid.
"That grenade came over the wall for some lefty blogs hours after the judge ruled that the United States couldn't get our case dismissed, well that's shocking timing on that," Cuccinelli told Fox News.
Cuccinelli added that the supposed conflict of interest is merely a reaction by opponents to the health care ruling.
"It's just kind of a cheap shot from the left. They're upset with this guy now. You notice they didn't do it before he ruled on anything. It only comes in after the fact," he said.
Critics first took note of Hudson's holdings in July. He owns a $15,000-$50,000 stake in Campaign Solutions, which several Republican candidates hired, and who ran their campaigns in part on defeating the new healthcare law, according to disclosure reports. The judge made between $32,000 and $103,000 in profits from the company between 2003 and 2008, reports show.
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