Virginia’s GOP Ballot is Kind of Short

by Ryan on January 13, 2012

in Election 2012,Law,New Jersey,Politics

As in:  Mitt Romney or Ron Paul only!

As of this moment a district judge has ruled that Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman failed to complete the paperwork in time and therefore cannot appear on the ballot when votes are taken on March 6.  Obviously, the remaining candidates are not pleased and will appeal!  Interesting that the district judge was an Obama appointee and still managed to interpret Virginia law strictly.  Hmm…

Too bad Virginia is not New Jersey and the GOP weren’t Democrats in this case.  Rewriting election law as they go along is not a foreign concept to the Garden State:

Back in 2002, incumbent NJ Senator Bob “The Torch” Torricelli was caught in an ethics scandal and was losing mightily to his Republican opponent.  The Dems, under the leadership of Governor McGreevey, decided to rewrite election law in the middle of the cycle while counting votes on the NJ Supreme Court before replacing Torricelli with Frank Lautenberg weeks before the election — in clear violation of existing law and precedent.  The people needed a “choice”.  They had one and the Dems screwed up by nominating a crook — law be damned!

From what I understand, the current group of GOP candidates simply didn’t file properly in time.  If the appeals court upholds the district judge’s interpretation, then so be it — why should the people who did things correctly be negatively impacted by those who want a second chance after the fact?  Unfortunately, it doesn’t help my endorsed candidate in VA.

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