Skip to comments.One hundred thousand people wanted to fb "Like" Newt Gingrich onto the Virginia ballot
Posted on 12/24/2011 7:49:29 PM PST by Jim Robinson
I just started a new facebook page as a place for grassroots conservatives to urge Virginia to allow the leading Republican contender for the presidency onto the Virginia ballot. Gingrich is the Republican leader nationwide and in Virginia! It's absolutely ludicrous, if not criminal, for Virginia to deny the conservative base and tea party favorite a spot on the ballot while they promote their elite ruling class RINO!
Do not allow Virginia to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of conservative grassroots voters who would mark their ballots for Newt Gingrich! Adding insult to injury, they don't even allow write-ins on their ballots!
It truly is a one man election (disregarding the Ron Paul nutcake). You can vote for anyone you wish in Virginia as long as his name is Mitt Romney.
We need to write or call the Republican Party of Virginia to register our outrage and if you are a facebook user, please visit and "Like" the "Newt Gingrich on Virginia Ballot" page.
Thank you all very much, and Merry Christmas!!
Considering both Newt and Perry had at minimum a 20% buffer on the signatures they needed, we need to learn more about who was behind validating the signatures or collecting them. Something fishy is going on.
Great idea! Hillary hasn’t cornered all the smart power after all.
Jim, most happy to oblige.
Merry Christmas to the Robinson household.
You know what, the restrictive Virginia rules were tailor made for a single “not Romney” to take on Romney one on one.
You conservatives want Santorum and Bachman off the ballot, you got Santorum and Bachman off the ballot because they had no chance to qualify. Perry will be toast after Iowa and NH.
The rules in Virginia FAVORED GINGRICH AND HE BLEW IT.
The "rules" in Virginia favor(ed) Romney since
he was EXEMPT from the the "rules",
that made a "St." not a street ... to exclude the Speaker.
FReepers and America have watched
Team Romney 'hack' down Gov. Palin (and her children),
Mr. Cain, and previously Sen. Thompson, Gov. Huckabee,
... as Romney has helped and lauded Obama.
It is NO secret that the GOP is on open 'double secret probation'
and is about to go DOWN THE TUBES
and the way of the dinosaurs and Whigs.
By their choice ... and the 'helmlock' of Rove.
And given the lack of moral fiber of the lying RINOs
the sooner the better for America.
Registered my complaint here:
You people are absolutely nuts for trying to keep Newt Gingrich off the Virginia ballot! In case you haven’t noticed, Newt Gingrich is the leading Republican contender for the presidency nationwide and in VIRGINIA!! You are attempting to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Republican conservatives in Virginia who would mark their ballots for Newt Gingrich. He’s a favorite among the conservative base and the tea party. And Rebellion is brewing!! Advise you get your act together and get him on the ballot!! This treachery will not be allowed to stand without a whole lot of blowback!! On YOU!!
I don’t care what it takes, but Virginia had best get his name on that ballot!!
Rebellion is brewing!!
"After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary."
Then, ironically, it cheerfully advertises a "Grassroots breakfast and meet and greet with SPECIAL GUEST former Speaker, Newt Gingrich:"
And their rotating ad banner ends it with a "Not again in VA" message:
Yeah, Not again in Va! You betcha. These yahoos should get their act together pronto!
I'd like to see a few thousand grassroots conservatives and tea party people cheerfully "occupy" their offices.
Who is Joshua Leigh? My head almost exploded!
Romney will be that candidate and this "independent" conservative will be playing golf on election day.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Boss!
bump good idea
Done and bumped. Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year!
Bump and pass it on.
I just went to Facebook and did the deed. GO NEWT!!!
Question! How did such a travesty become operative in Virginia? If 100,000 people voice for a candidate but there is no place for the person to be given a fair shake in an election??
Suggestion: This needs to be Re-posted around Mon. or Tues. after Christmas is over and people are back to normal.....more people on FR.
Shouldn’t that be simple enough for one of the frontrunners to accomplish? It’s not too much to ask that a candidate have broadbased support to get on the ballot and I’d think that this requirement should be easy to meet for any candidate polling above 5%. It seems to me that Newt has only himself and his organization to blame.
Emphasis needs to be that this is not a Virginia law , as I understand, but something the Repubs dreamed up for some reason.
Newt’s campaign should call RPV and say “Newt has just converted to islam.”
They’d have him atop that ballot in 5 minutes.
George H W Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and now Mittens Romney. When will it end? Never, that’s when. Not as long as they can get by with it. When will we take a stand and put a stop to this nonsense?
If not now, when?
OK, who engineered the Virginia system? Paulbots vs. Mittbots? Surely someone in Virginia must care for Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman, let alone for Gingrich?
Actually, it’s a firewall against NOVA.
Ya know, if Herman Cain had hung in there a few more weeks, and ran into this same difficulty in Virginia, wonder if we’d now see the Al Sharpton types getting apoplectic that a “black candidate can’t get on the primary ballot in Virginia.”
Oh, that would be a world in which black liberals were fair. Back to our present reality.
>> This treachery will not be allowed to stand without a whole lot of blowback!! On [RPV]!!
Jim, if I were Virginian and confronted with having to choose between Romney, Paul or Obama, I think I’d have to choose Paul so that we could at least have a national discussion about our forsaken Constitution just once before the Republic as we knew it is gone forever.
Romney won’t save us from where Obama has brought us and not enough republicans will fight him once installed.
Obama will hasten our already almost certain economic national demise. (Romney may take his foot off the gas, but he seems unfamiliar with brakes...)
Paul would be far better than either of those two economically and domestically and both sides of the aisle would likely resist Paul’s foreign policies, while watching him like hawks. The nation winds up spending 4 years discussing the Constitution and perhaps getting rid of a few big government agencies.
Warts and all, that’s an easy choice.
Well, I wouldn’t vote for any one of the three. Would just pass and remove any support I might have for the VRP as I bombard them with some choice notes.
That sound reasonable to me.
After all, it is perfectly permissible to resolve an issue of eligibility in this manor.
Judge James Robertson said so regarding little bammy's qualifications under the Constitution to be president.
No, please, I would be honored to quote the good Judge...
Judge James Robertson said, "The plaintiff says that he is a retired Air Force colonel who continues to owe fealty to his Commander-in-Chief (because he might possibly be recalled to duty) and who is tortured by uncertainty as to whether he would have to obey orders from Barack Obama because it has not been proven to the colonel's satisfaction that Mr. Obama is a native-born American citizen, qualified under the Constitution to be president.
"The issue of the president's citizenship was raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America's vigilant citizenry.
And that settles that by golly!
Id be willing to bet my house that this is McDonnell’s work.
You and me both, LOL - I'll get her to do the "like it" FB thing tomorrow
If Newt had gotten 15,000 signatures, he would have been exempt from the address checks too. And he could’ve hired anyone no matter how shady to collect the signatures, since they wouldn’t be checked. He lost the ground game on this one either due to a lack of time, money or both. Just getting 4,000 more signatures would have been easier than trying to fight the system and get the law or rules changed now.
I can see a big problem having a write-in option in a primary that’s open for both parties to vote in. What’s to stop the other party from rallying together and writing in their own candidate? Of course if they want to nominate a sure loser against Obama they’ve already got a couple good choices available on this ballot.
It sounds like the best option would be to waive the requirement on the address checks so that Newt’s signatures wouldn’t be thrown out. However, that could be unfair to the other candidates like Santorum. They may not have tried to collect signatures, feeling they couldn’t get enough to overcome the address checks. But it wouldn’t exactly be fair to extend the deadline for a couple of weeks when the other candidates had a big head start based on the old rules.
I hope our members in all of the states are signed up to be on Newt’s mailing list. I saw people on here claiming they were not contacted by the campaign to help out with signatures, but Newt said they did e-mail supporters on Monday and asked publicly for help on Tuesday. Granted, that’s a last-minute start. Newt’s larger mistake may be trying to run his campaign as a big money campaign when it should be run as a grass-roots campaign that gets supporters more involved.
“We barely made it in Ohio and we may barely make it Thursday in Virginia, said Gingrich. We’re asking all of our friends in Virginia to go to Newt.org and volunteer to get petitions signed in the next 48 hours.
To that end, the campaign sent out an email to supporters Monday asking for help getting on the Virginia ballot. The email, which also announced Gingrich will himself be in Virginia Wednesday for a rally, asked supporters to get people out to one of nearly a dozen signature stations the campaign has set up in at least eight of the states 11 congressional districts.”
Maybe they can make a rule that any candidate who wins another state’s primary before VA needs to print the ballots can be added to the ballot if they pay a fee.
Somebody said it was a leader in Romney’s campaign. Not sure if true.
Actually, there’s no reason not to allow Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, et al, on the ballot, assuming they’re still in the race after the early primaries. There’s no doubt that they are legitimate Republican candidates.
Thank you very much for doing this Jim. As a VA resident and GOP activist I am appalled by this act of arrogant stupidity by the RPV. They called me up looking for funds earlier this week and I pledged a rather generous donation. I am now reneging on it. I call all VA GOP activists to withold all donations to the party until they let Newt on the ballot.
With many Dems expected to vote in the Repub primary, do you have a clue who they will be voting for? I hope Paul beats Romney after this fiasco.
Jim, thank you for doing that! It’s a bummer this news broke on the day before Christmas when many folks may be away.
Also, would an online petition to the Va. Officials help or will the FB serve the same purpose? I wondered because a lot pf people still don’t use Facebook.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas and wonderful new year.
Jim, there has to be some standard people have to meet to be on the ballot. All I would do is try to suggest a standard that could be applied fairly to all and would give people an unfair advantage who had been following the old rule.
Changing the signature standard in any way now (eliminating address verification, lowering the amount needed or extending the deadline) would not be fair to candidates who planned their campaigns based on the old standard, because there are months of time for collecting signatures that they cannot make up for now.
You could go by a standard based on national polling like the debates do in order to fit in multiple other candidates. But polling seems like a weak standard to base a law on, and opens questions of whether one poll is favored over another.
I think a rock solid, fair standard is to say that anyone who wins (or even places 2nd or 3rd) in another state’s primary should be able to become a late entry on Virginia’s ballot, either by collecting the signatures by a new deadline or paying a late penalty fee. This is something that could be a permanent law, not just a temporary fix for this election. And it is more fair, because it doesn’t favor an early frontrunner and discriminate against someone who has a late surge.
Bottom line, the situation with only 2 people on the ballot is an embarrassment. The way candidates drop out of these primary races, it makes it possible neither one will still be in the race by the time the vote comes around.
Jim, I understand how you want to stop Romney, and I appreciate it, but facebook “likes” is not how candidates get on the ballot in Virginia.
We have a law, and we have rules, and the rules were made plain to all the candidates, and every candidate had to live by those rules.
I’m sure Gingrich and Perry will file petitions to the RPV to get on the ballot, and maybe they will find a way to persuade themselves onto the ballot. But it is unseemly to launch an OWS-style protest against our state and our committee.
I doubt anybody would be doing this if Gingrich got on, and Romney didn’t. We’d all be happy as clams.
I’ll wait for the RPV to get back from Christmas and issue more information about what is happening before I comment much further. I think there has been a lot of misinformation here and elsewhere, and it’s being fueled by people acting out emotionally in the moment, and when there is nobody at work to answer the questions (weekend AND Christmas, you know).
Remember, our RPV got McDonald and Cuccinelli elected. And Bill Bolling, despite his endorsement of Romney, is a solid conservative as well, and a good man who doesn’t deserve to be slandered by some here at FR.
And Bolling doesn’t run the RPV. If anybody does, it would be McDonald, who has not endorsed. And Cuccinelli is also a powerful statewide official. You think Ken would let all the conservative get bumped off the ballot by some trickery?
But all those candidates did something Gingrich and Perry failed to do — got 10,000 VALID signatures to run for their offices.
Romney wasn’t exempt from the rules. He had to turn in signatures just like the other candidates. He had over 16,000 signatures. He turned in the number needed to avoid strict scrutiny of his ballots.
However, from the rumors about how many ballots of Gingrich’s were rejected, if Gingrich had turned in 16,000 signatures, he’d have qualified even under strict scrutiny — and of course he wouldn’t have had his ballots checked, being over 15,000.
I’m surprised anybody knows the truth anymore, because falsehood and conjecture makes it around the world on the internet without a care for the facts.
Dittos to all CharlesWayneCT said.
I would add that it’s offensive to those of us who’ve worked in the VA GOP political trenches to see folks who know nothing about VA or its politics attacking our superior elected officials, state party officials, and those volunteers who gave up a very long day over the Christmas weekend to work (until 3am) on the certifications.
Much of what’s been posted here today comes from politico’s unnamed sources, and then been repeated throughout the MSM echo chamber, and now on FR as Gospel. It’s very disheartening. We should wait to hear directly from the people involved.
Merry Christmas y’all.
Oh God. I was just joking about an “Occupy” movement. And I was worried it would be too over-the-top. And here you are, actually embracing anarchist tactics because you are upset that the rules didn’t work out well for your candidate.
And yes, they were happy to have Gingrich come to an event. The idea that RPV is against Gingrich is absurd. They also has Perry at an event. But we are supposed to believe the RPV conspired against Perry and Gingrich?
We’ve had the rule for a long time, and this is the first time a serious candidate has failed to complete the process.
All the statewide candidates have to meet this rule as well. And Ron Paul did it — so don’t give me that ‘establishment’ crap. Paul has dedicated supporters — don’t Gingrich and Perry?