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Cuccinelli tweets joke about ‘hanging out’ with bin Laden

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), of Centreville, has taken his sharp, if sometimes confusing, wit to Twitter today. Here was what he posted:

How much would I give to be one of the 72 Virginans Osama is ‘hanging out’ with since Sunday?less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyKen Cuccinelli


OK, forget the misspelling of Virginians. As that post got some attention, the attorney general clarified with this:

It seems some were confused by my earlier tweet. Read it closely:...72 Virginians... (Not a typo, ie, people who live in Virginia...)less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyKen Cuccinelli

Huh? Does Cuccinelli wish he were dead? How much WOULD he give?

According to his spokesman, turns out the attorney general was referring to a joke, posted here, in which various esteemed historic figures from the Old Dominion walk up to bin Laden in heaven and smite him. Then, then some angel cracks: "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you. What did you think I said?"

The posts occasioned some commentary on the Internet, with Huffington Post saying the attorney general wanted to be one of bin Laden’s 72 virgins. Clearly, that was a typo. Even if Cuccinelli said it wasn’t.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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