Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Let me guess: An exception will be made in THIS case

Interesting story from national LP....

Barr Only Presidential Candidate on Texas Ballot

Republicans, Democrats miss deadline to file presidential candidates in Texas

Atlanta, GA - Bob Barr is slated to be the only presidential candidate on the ballot in Texas after Republicans and Democrats missed the Aug. 26 deadline to file in the state.

"Unless the state of Texas violates their own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot," says Russell Verney, campaign manager for the Barr Campaign and the former campaign manager for Ross Perot. "Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines."

The Texas Secretary of State Web site shows only Bob Barr as the official candidate for president in Texas.

"We know all about deadlines," says Verney. "We are up against them constantly in our fight to get on the ballot across the nation. When we miss deadlines, we get no second chances. This is a great example of how unreasonable deadlines chill democracy."

"Republicans and Democrats make certain that third party candidates are held to ballot access laws, no matter how absurd or unreasonable," says Verney. "Therefore, Republicans and Democrats should be held to the same standards."


Anonymous said...

The website can not list the candidates until they are offically chosen. What a stupid mistake by whoever at the LP wrote this.

br said...

I think the LP has a point. If the candidates haven't been selected, how could they file the paperwork?

Angus said...

I wonder what Bob Barr sees when he looks in Russell Verney's ear??

Tom said...

In Russ Verney's ear: news. Barr is getting a bit of earned media from it. Wha'd ya want?

Thunder Pig said...

The people at the LP need some reading is a stupid political stunt to "generate news". I feel sorry for the idiots who fell for it.

Mungowitz said...

Um....I assume we have to entertain the possibility that they were trying to have a little fun.

I understand that KPC readers are the smartest folks in the world, but....maybe someone at LP actually has an IQ over 80, and understood the same thing.

Surely it is barely possible that they are pointing out an inconsistency in application. It is certainly true that if the LP had turned in its list of candidates, they would not be accepted late.

AND, I doubt if "We haven't had our convention yet!" would be accepted.

Tom said...

Like most, I had assumed that the Ds & Rs would get put on the ballot and that the court case about it would be heard promptly ... in December.

Then it occured to me: Barr has a powerful ally: his name is Obama.

I still don't think any judge will allow this to stand, but it's getting more interesting.