As a Virginian, I am not surprised by this. I personally think it's simply a statement by our new Governor and His AG to 'appease' the more conservative voters/supporters of theirs. We're also the state that approved a constitutional amendment banning Gay Marriage even though there was already a State Law doing so, simply so that there could be no further challenges in court regarding the issue. The voting makeup and political orientation of the state is changing, from notoriously conservative to more of a Blue Dog State, and the Republicans do not like it. This is sadly another attempt to hang on to former policy and influence, and as has been mentioned previously, there are already policies, et al. that contradict the AGs position and wouldn't hold up.
Also, the AG is positioning himself to run against the LG in the next Gubanatorial Election in 2013, and is annoyed that the current governor has already positioned the LG as his choice for successor.
So, it's politics as usual here in good old Virginia.