The habits of rhetoric without action, and obfuscation for political gains are deeply ingrained in the Virginia Republican party, and Attorney General McDonnell have taken these habits to heart in his own efforts to become Governor in 2010.
Bacon's Rebellion has more details.
Boasting that his cooperation with federal and state law enforcement authorities could be a model nationally, McDonnell said that more than 171 immigrant sex offenders had been identified and set up for deportation.The entire article by Peter Galuszka is well worth a read.
A closer reading (see my column, "The Big Lie?") shows that most of the foreign-born people on the sex offenders list weren’t here, had been deported or were about to be deported. That’s hardly a call to arms for ever tougher enforcement.
It doesn’t matter, though, because headlines boost McDonnell, GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2009, once again unfairly tainting newcomers for craven political purposes. - Bacon's Rebellion
With many of the Republicans running for office in Virginia in 2008 and 2009, voters would do well to remember President Reagan's maxim: "Trust, but verify."