Monday, January 02, 2012

Cuccinelli Reverses Call To Change To Virginia Presidential Primary Rules--Who In The RNC Got To Him?

Sorry to say, it appears the Republican Establishment has gotten to Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general.

I wrote here on Saturday how Cuccinelli stated he was looking to put forward emergency legislation to fix the controversy created by the Republican Party of Virginia, in which Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only candidates who will appear on the March 6 Presidential Primary ballot.

Cuccinelli has reversed himself now (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced Sunday night that he has reconsidered and no longer backs emergency legislation that would seek to get additional candidates on the ballot for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary.

"I obviously feel very strongly that Virginia needs to change its ballot-access requirements for our statewide elections," Cuccinelli said in a statement.

"However, after working through different scenarios with Republican and Democratic leaders to attempt to make changes in time for the 2012 presidential election, my concern grows that we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system.

"A further critical factor that I must consider is that changing the rules midstream is inconsistent with respecting and preserving the rule of law — something I am particularly sensitive to as Virginia's attorney general."

Never mind that the RPV only "changed horses midstream" in checking the address requirements for the candidates after a lawsuit in November 2011 by an independent candidate.

And what part does Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Boiling have to play in all this?

Earlier Sunday, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who leads Romney's Virginia campaign, had said emergency legislation to get additional candidates on the ballot would be unfair to the two candidates who played by the rules.

In another statement Sunday night, Bolling said he appreciates the turnabout by Cuccinelli, his rival for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination.

"Needless to say, I am pleased that Attorney General Cuccinelli has abandoned his call for legislative changes to Virginia's ballot access requirements in advance of the Republican presidential primary in March," Bolling said.

"While I do not object to the General Assembly considering changes to our ballot-access requirements for future elections, it would have been inappropriate to make such changes in the middle of the current presidential nominating process. That would have been terribly unfair to Governor Romney and Congressman Paul, both of whom successfully complied with these requirements and filed a sufficient number of legal petition signatures to qualify for the Virginia ballot."

Bolling also admonished Cuccinelli.

"Going forward, I would also encourage Attorney General Cuccinelli to avoid making public statements that criticize our state election laws while his office is defending the State Board of Elections in a lawsuit that has been brought against them by Governor Perry and certain other presidential candidates," Bolling said.

"I am concerned that such public comments could be used against the commonwealth in our effort to defend these lawsuits, and I am confident that the attorney general would not want to do anything that could jeopardize his office's ability to win this case."

Is this an example by Lt. Governor Boiling of how the establishment Republican Party is willing to "go to the mattresses" for Mitt Romney, and force him on the Republican ticket against the will of primary voters.  Shouldn't being Lt. Governor and serving as a candidate's campaign chair be a conflict of interest?

I hate sounding conspiratorial and do not want to promote conspiracies, but something stinks here. A poster at posts the following disturbing information.

Here are the two in question...

§ 24.2-506 is the VA code for the procedure of collecting petitions for any STATE office...
§ 24.2-545 is the VA code for the procedure of collecting petitions for any Presidential Primary...

The first law requires a "resident address" of the voter. The second law does not. Feel free to click on those and check!

The first law requires a petition's witness to be "qualified to register to vote, for the office for which he is circulating the petition" and the 2nd law does not.

For Presidential petitions, the gatherer/witness could be from Mars, it is not a requirement "by law".

But the RPV and State Board illegally chose to treat those as "required by law items" by strongly enforcing them starting this year, making it doubly hard to get enough signatures.

But what is worse and possibly illegal, is that on Tuesday Dec 20th, Romney's campaign manager, Bolling turned in 16,021 signatures to the RPV. So then (after possibly browsing thru the 16,021 overnight) the NEXT DAY, at 10am Dec 21st, David Rexrode, executive director of the RPV invented an un-dated "Safe Harbor" letter GUARANTEEING that Romney's petitions would NOT be examined.

The conspirators in that RPV office created that letter, because they were fearful that Romney might otherwise get booted by the same anal microscopic verification which they were planning in the next 36 hours for Gingrich & Perry petitions.

The letter gave the RPV free reign to use whatever drastic examination procedures were necessary to discard "enough" Gingrich and Perry petitions, while knowing the same standards would not apply to Romney. ... Romney's petitions could have been collected by ACORN with half saying "Mickey Mouse" and Romney would have still passed.

Some have suggested that David Rexrode, Pat Mullings, and Bill Bolling should go to prison for this conspiracy. Or at very least banned from politics, tarred and feathered, and run out of Virginia on a rail.

When the RPV

But after the trickery of this RPV office, the voters had no free will. The situation made it virtually certain that Romney would get > 50% and therefore would be the "winner take all" of Virginia's delegates.

In other words, Chicago-style Obama/Axlerod politics come to Richmond, Virginia, and disenfranchise Republican primary voters, the majority of which are opposed to Romney and Paul.

Does this also have to do with Boiling exercising power over Cuccinelli in a political manner. Boiling is the "next in line" to run for Governor in 2013, and Cuccinelli is, in a sense, breaking tradition in challenging who the party apparatus is picking to replace Bob McDonnell.

The question is, will a Virginia lawmaker on their own now put forward a bill to allow the other candidates in? Already, one Republican, Robert Marshall, is criticizing the loyalty oath the RPV will use for the primary.

If the RPV is willing to go as far as the Obama machine in pushing Romney on us, then perhaps no one should show up at the polls on March 6th to vote.  If Bill Boiling thinks he can bully Cuccinelli and Virginians into voting for Mitt Romney, then wait until he runs for governor and we can vote his corrupt ass out!

1 comment:

Blindfolded Monkey said...

While you would obviously like to have all the candidates on the ballot in every state, the reality is that this race was over long ago. It doesn't matter how flawed a candidate Mitt Romney is. The fact is he is the only viable candidate among the weakest primary field in the history of American politics. The rest of the field looks like a skit from Saturday Night Live, only funnier.