Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thank You Ken Cuccinelli! Virginia AG Filing Emergency Legislation To Address Presidential Primary Ballot

It's great to live in a state with an excellent attorney general like Ken Cuccinelli (Fox News).

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in his state's presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.

Meanwhile, four GOP candidates on Saturday joined fellow candidate Rick Perry's lawsuit against the state, urging the Board of Elections to either allow them on the ballot or at least refrain from taking any action until a Jan. 13 court hearing.

Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs. Perry and the four candidates joining the lawsuit -- Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman -- did not.

The failure of other candidates to qualify led to complaints that the 10,000-signature requirement is too stringent.

Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns and plans to take them to the legislature while the candidates work through the courts.

"Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient," he said in a statement Saturday. "Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly."

Cuccinelli's proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.

Two former Democratic attorneys general are backing the move, along with a former Democratic state party chairman and a former Republican state party chairman.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I've never seen a Presidential election (exception being the 2008 Democrat primary) where the GOP has tried to kick as many people off the ballot in favor of the "establishment candidate."

Now, in Tennesse, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum failed to qualify delegates on that state's primary ballot. What is going on here?

If you ask me, this also points to a failure of leadership in the RNC. Reince Preibus is doing an awful job as head of the RNC and is no where to be found on this. He should resign and someone who has the gonads to want to actually win an election should be in charge.


Sweet Sue said...

How does an Attorney General file legislation? Isn't that the job of the legislative branch? Doesn't the General Assembly change laws, not the AG? Why isn't someone in the General Assembly filing this legislation? If Ken doesn't get some support from the General Assembly, soon, I don't see how this happens.

Unknown said...

Why have rules then if they get changed because the elite can't properly fill out paperwork? I say leave them off, lick their wounds and pick it up in the next primary. If the Democrats pulled this crap everyone would be crying foul.