In the last days of his Governorship, Senate candidate Tim Kaine quietly made a request to Attorney General Eric Holder to release Jens Soering into German custody, a German man who murdered (nearly decapitated) two Virginians. This would have eventually lead to his freedom.
Kaine made no announcement about it.
Fortunately, new Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded the request as one of his first official acts in office.
Kaine’s stated reason? He wanted to save money by making Germany incarcerate him. So, his Jens Soering move was just another economic policy like the closing of rest stops, another patently idiotic move reversed by Governor McDonnell early on.
“I feel like people care about your character. Even if they disagree with you on an issue, they can respect that someone with conviction is in the position.”
Yes, Mr. Kaine, people do care about character and your lack of it. And if you had such strong convictions about your decision why did you do it secretly?
“I did not believe it would be popular, but I thought it would be the right thing to do,” he said.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been filing FOIA requests to get the facts of this foiled transfer. Expect to hear more about this issue as the campaign heats up.