Opposing counsel

"Opposing counsel" Continued...

Issue: "After the revolution," Feb. 26, 2011

He calls himself a cradle Catholic, having been raised in the faith. But four years into his marriage Cuccinelli and his wife had a significant reawakening. Their exploration, spurred on by the mother's group his wife joined at their church, led to what he calls the "most important change in either of our lives." Faith became their top priority.

That led to a passion for protecting family values that has, ironically, led him to spend long hours away from his own family. The couple has seven children ages 1 to 15, including 5 daughters. Wanting to remain near both their older daughters' schools (the younger ones are homeschooled) and their church, Cuccinelli and his wife decided to stay in Northern Virginia.

That is why, roughly two hours after the end of his basketball game, with the clock nearing 11 p.m., Cuccinelli is finally turning into his family's rural neighborhood in Prince William County.

"Oh my gosh, tonight's a trash night," he exclaims after noticing that all the other houses have the cans already pulled to the end of driveways. "All right girls, way to go," he adds after seeing that his own cans have been rolled down the long driveway that leads to the home on his 10-acre plot.

His wife is there to greet him at the door. At least one child is still awake, waiting behind the curtains to hug her father. Cuccinelli will head back to Richmond at 7:30 the next morning.

"We are not doing this for fun," he tells me before disappearing inside. "We are fighting."

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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