Skip to comments.BREAKING: Rick Perry Files Lawsuit To Get On Virginia Primary Ballot
Posted on 12/27/2011 3:48:28 PM PST by TBBT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has filed suit in federal court against the Virginia Republican Party and the Virginia Board of Elections in order to gain a spot on the Commonwealth's primary ballot. Perry was excluded after the party found he had not submitted enough valid signatures by the deadline last Thursday. His campaign submitted 6,000 of the required 10,000, according to the suit. The lawsuit alleges that Perry's 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the requirement that those circulating the petitions also be eligible or registered voters of Virginia. Failure to get on the ballot is a major embarrassment for the struggling Perry campaign but he is not alone. Another one-time GOP frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, also failed to qualify. "Gov. Perry greatly respects the citizens and history of the Commonwealth of Virginia and believes Virginia Republicans should have greater access to vote for one of the several candidates for President of the United States," Perry communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election. We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earn their support."
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You beat me to it! Just heard this on Fox news. GREAT NEWS!!
Art Laffer is apparentally endorsing Gingrich tomorrow per Fox News.
Between Perry and Gingrich taking action...maybe they will be included on the polls. Wouldn’t that make Sabato, Rove and the Romney campaign madder than a bull grazing on astro turf
Yes. I get tired of Fox saying Newt is not organized and he and Perry should have been able to do this. This gets repeated every hour on the hour. Fox is turning into one big joke on its reporting about this. Ron Paul and Romney were grandfathered in from ‘08. Why do we know that and they don’t?
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Congrats to Perry for standing up and fighting!
Just heard this on television. Go Rick!
GOOD!!! Stand and FIGHT! :)
FOX has their own agenda this election. Have tuned it out.
The reality of having so many candidates vying for signatures was overlooked when they set the rules. Little did they know that they would disenfranchise voters when the primary vote came up. For instance, what if Governor Perry were the top candidate come March 6th, on Virginia's primary date? Virginia would not be able to vote for the top candidate on the national ticket. And, delegates to the Republican National Convention will be based upon the winner of the March 6th Primary.
Fox News has gone off the rails in fear of Newt. Krauthammer has been nothing short of shameful in his very personal attacks against Newt. Kraut obviously does not like the notion that conservatives will find someone else more intelligent than he inside the beltway. He is just about totally dead to me now after years of respecting him.
IT is awful. I predict they will not have the normal election year ratings bump.
He would do much better to try to knock Romney off the ballot by challenging his signatures. Then Ron Paul would win, but since he would get many delegates in any other state, it would not cause any harm.
I say GREAT. I don’t blame him at all.
Courts are meant to arbitrate disputes that cannot be resolved - and to uphold rights when they are violated.
So, Perry's rights were violated because he couldn't find people that were qualified and registered to vote in Virginia......so he intended to use minors, felons, illegals, and bussed in community organizers?
So, in a state of approximately 5 million registered voters he couldn't get 10,000 signatures or... 0.2% of the registered vote.
The only purpose served by the RPV ballot access rules is to be a barrier to emergent campaigns. It sounds like you are all for establishment/incumbent protection...
If Perry and Newt don’t mind playing as dirty as the Dims and Romney (but I repeat myself), they could publicly urge their voters in VA to vote for Paul.
Where in the heck do you get your ideas?
Kudos to Gov. Perry for doing this.
If nothing else, we will have “discovery,” which is not going to look good for Team Romney.
Good news, a Perry win in court is a win for Newt as well, although I was hoping that Newt would enjoin Perry in a court fight.
No, I am actually against the establishment/incumbent protection. What I am for, is selecting viable candidates that put forth the effort to get out and campaign and gather signatures. What I am for is candidates that can recognize this is how WE in this state wish to be represented; not to go crying to courts because things didn't go your way. Because if you can't get it from the representatives the people elected, we'll just go to the black robed masters.........Al Gore Perry.
An analysis being proved correct day after day. At least they aren’t pimpin nobama...... yet.
Hope it works. Virginia has just proven itself to be irrelevant by their actions. With only 2 viable candidates on the
ballot, it doesn’t give a real picture of the wishes of the
He heard it on the Mitt-vine.
This is one of those threads where the Romney trolls just can’t help but identify themselves.
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were violated by the requirement that those circulating the petitions also be eligible or registered voters of Virginia.
My response was tongue in cheek as none of the people I listed are elegible or registered voters of Virginia.
Me personally, I wish Newt and Perry WERE on the ballot, but they didn't meet the requirement.
Great news, and I hope they do get on the ballot.
I am torn. I am glad Gov. Perry stood up against this nonsense, but it makes the ‘pubbies look even more hapless.
I don’t like him, mistrust him in large part, but DARNED he has every right to submit his platform to the people to decide. What a RIGGED SYSTEM. Hope he and others bring it crashing down.
This primary cycle has become a Keystone Kops movie.
“So, Perry’s rights were violated because he couldn’t find people that were qualified and registered to vote in Virginia.”
No, after hearing what happened; it appears the party changed the rules that everyone were going by and planned for, in mid stream. That is always wrong.
YAY! Changing the rules in the middle of the game to favor one candidate over another just sucks beyond belief.
Agreed, this whole election cycle borders on insanity. I’m glad Perry stepped up. From what I’m seeing on Fox...they’re behind Mittens now...so I’m losing all respect for those jokers at this point. Perry is my first choice, his gaff’s are far less an issue for me than Nut bag Ron Paul, Rino Romney and shady Newt.
Screw that. Get Rick And Newt back on the ballot and have a fair fight!
Nah, he's content letting Romney do all the dirty work right now.
Perry has some lawyer supporters I know. He is in VERY VERY good hands.
Lawsuits.....the last refuge of a loser.
Perry has some lawyer supporters I know. He is in VERY VERY good hands.
Good for him! I hope between Perry, Newt and Cuccinelli the Virginia GOP, Romney and Rove get stiffed.
The trick here is that Bolling and his running dog lackeys have applied the rules with an exactitude that makes his boy Romney look like an election fraud specialist ~ kind of like Obama.
It would be best for the GOP to just back off and open up registration to all willing to pay the registration fee. After all, the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Virginia (meaning me) are going to be paying for the primary ~ it's not the party's private money.
Since it's my money I'd like to see some of my favorite candidates on the list, not just a cranky old nutcase and a loser.
You do realize this offense against my rights deserves really serious punishment ~ now whether or not the courts will hand that out Bolling probably ought to flee to his friends in Chicago now. Maybe they can protect him.