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Cuccinelli Rips Arlington For HOT Lanes Suit

The anti-Arlington sentiment in Richmond and on the pages of local publications continues to grow.

This time, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is taking a few pointed shots at the county for its lawsuit against High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-395.

Forget the fact that the county has agreed to withdraw the lawsuit and the state has, for now, decided not to move forward with the I-395 portion of the HOT lanes project. In a statement, Cuccinelli piled on and called the lawsuit “dirty,” “legal thuggery” and “wildly unfounded.”

Cuccinelli also lobbed a sports metaphor at the board.

“When that pitcher throws multiple bean balls in a game, it is downright dirty, and the crowd wants the umpire to take action,” Cuccinelli said. “The Arlington County board has thrown several bean balls aimed at [government] officials, but they are hitting northern Virginia commuters, too.”

To be fair, Arlington officials haven’t always had the nicest things to say about Cuccinelli, either.

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