Bloomberg is running for President? And Paul is on the ballot, too!?

New York’s billionaire mayor is not launching an unexpected bid for the White House. He is, however, on the Virginia ballot as a candidate for president, with Ron Paul as his vice president. More incredible is the fact that this happened without the knowledge of either Bloomberg or Paul.

This surprise move for what some might call an independent dream ticket is the work of the Independent Greens of Virginia, the state affiliate of the Independence Party of America. Since January 1, they have collected 70,000 signatures in order to get Bloomberg on the ballot. This is 60,000 more than the requirement for ballot access.

The coordinator of this effort, Carey Campbell (also an editor at Third Party Watch and the chairman of the Independent Greens), failed to contact the Mayor about it, and according to Virginia law, his name will be taken off of the ballot if he doesn’t want it on. Virginia officials say that if that were the case, an investigation could be launched. Bloomberg has yet to say anything on the matter, but his spokesman Stu Loeser said,

“He hasn’t made any decisions and hasn’t had a chance to speak with Campbell yet… But this is a call for post-partisanship that Mayor Bloomberg hopes the major parties will hear.”

15 thoughts on “Bloomberg is running for President? And Paul is on the ballot, too!?

  1. Mike Gillis

    So, in VA Bloomberg and Paul didn’t have to sign any sort of a nomination form?

  2. Trent Hill

    Mike,

    They just have to agree to let their names go on the ballot. Anyone, anywhere can petition to put someone’s name on the ballot….but they have to accept it.

  3. sunshinebatman

    It’s too bad none of the state LP or CP apparati had the balls to list Paul as the VP candidate… Bloomberg is a horrible fit.

  4. Trent Hill

    The balls? Our ballot access depends on actually HAVING a candidate,unlike the Independent Greens.

  5. Mike Gillis

    Mike,

    They just have to agree to let their names go on the ballot. Anyone, anywhere can petition to put someone’s name on the ballot….but they have to accept it.

    That’s what I’m talking about. I know that in many states like mine, the candidates need to sign a notarized form accepting the nomination. In others, like CA, the candidates can be “drafted” unless they contact the state and refuse the endorsement.

    I can easily see one of Paul or Bloomberg refusing this.

  6. Ross Levin Post author

    They’ll be on the ballot unless one of them wants their name taken off. Bloomberg hasn’t said anything about it yet, and neither has Paul.

  7. George Phillies

    In Massachusetts, it is the *electors* who must sign, because it is they who are the candidates. The nominating paper has their signature spaces. The candidates do not need to consent, because the electors are the voters.

  8. randallthayes

    I’m surprised Paul supporters in other states have not done something like this.

    So far as I can tell, Louisiana law would allow it. Only the elector candidates are required to sign and file forms:

    http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/693/Default.aspx

    The deadline here in Louisiana for independent slates of electors is Sept. 2.

    Since ballot access here is so easy, it’s certainly not too late.

  9. inDglass

    I am not a big Bloomberg fan, but it is great to see people creating a choice for themselves since the republicrat establishment won’t allow it.

    It looks like Bloomberg and Paul are not going to contest their names being on the ballot. I think that is a good choice on their parts if they follow through with it.

  10. Hugh Jass

    randall,

    I think that is a good idea. We could get a Paul/Ventura or a Paul/Rockwell ticket on the ballot in Louisiana. Are there any Louisianans interesting in being a Ron Paul elector?

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