Second, Bolling and his MIttbot cronies were clever ~ they simply changed the standard of validation for nominating petitions at the LAST MINUTE ~ only MItt had claimed enough to meet that additional LAST MINUTE CHANGED standard of 15,000.
Ron Paul was the only candidate who claimed 10,000 signatures and validated 10,000 signatures. Romney didn't have his signatures validated. We don't even know if they qualified ~ nothing but his claim for it.
Whatever the failings of the other candidates, with Bolling on the job the FIX WAS IN.
Whether Bolling himself is the Sith Lord, or someone in Mitt's camp is the Sith Lord, and Bolling is just another doufous like Aniken Skywalker, somebody cheated.
“There were 16 candidates registered with the DNC.”
Sorry, but I don’t know what that means. There was no Dem presidential primary in VA in ‘12. The Dems opted out of the primary altogether for ‘12.
The law for being on the ballot, passed by the legislature, has been the same since well before the ‘12 nominating season began. My memory is Paul claimed close to 10K but not at or over the 10K, so his would have been validated vs. Romney who did claim in excess of what was required or even suggested to meet the threshold.
That is a battle not worth refighting at this point, but how the ‘13 state candidates are selected IS worth our time. Just minutes ago got this email from Bolling:
“I’m writing to ask you to join Governor McDonnell and me in supporting a Republican primary in 2013. You can show your support for a primary by signing our online petition.
“A primary will allow many more Republicans to participate in the nomination of our candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. If we want to grow our party we have to involve more people in the nomination of our candidates, and a primary will enable us to do that.
“A convention would effectively disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Virginia Republicans from participating in the nominations process, including active duty military personnel, who are prohibited from participating in a party convention.
“Finally, eight months ago the Republican Party of Virginia voted to hold a primary in 2013. Since then, numerous candidates have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars putting together primary campaigns. It is extremely unfair, and possibly illegal, to change the rules in the middle of the game. We must be a party that stands for consistency and the rule of law.
“Will you stand with Governor McDonnell and me in supporting a Republican primary in 2013? If so, you can let us know of your support by clicking here to sign our online petition.
“Thanks for your support.
Very Truly Yours, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling”