Note: This story is based on reporting from Richard Winger of Ballot Access News. The report is being actively challenged by at least one leader of the VA Indy Greens.
Says Lew Rockwell: “All that talk of a Bloomberg-Paul ticket in Virginia turns out to be wrong. The Independent Green party plans to run the Christian right Constitution party candidates instead. Yawn.”
Ballot Access News reports:
The recent publicity that Mike Bloomberg and Ron Paul will appear on the Virginia ballot as candidates for president and vice-president is wrong. Although the Independent Green Party of Virginia did circulate a petition for president with those candidatesâ€™ names on it, Virginia law explicitly gives the petitioning group the right to substitute. The Independent Green Party of Virginia has promised to place the Constitution Party national ticket on the ballot, via substitution. Meanwhile, the Independent Green Party of Virginia has been enjoying the publicity.
Also, reports that the Independent Green Party of Virginia got 70,000 signatures on its presidential petition are also wrong. The party got 70,000 raw signatures for all its candidates put together. Virginia requires separate petitions for each candidate, so the 70,000 figure was arrived at by totaling the partyâ€™s presidential petition, its U.S. Senate petition, and its various petitions for U.S. House.
In related news, it appears Ron Paul may be on the ballot — as a presidential candidate — in Louisiana. Louisiana is one of those states wherein a candidate need not give his approval to appear on the ballot and must actively resist in order to have his name removed. Possible “running mates” for Paul include Lew Rockwell, Chuck Baldwin, and Barry Goldwater, Jr.
UPDATE: Fred Church points says B.A.N.’s report is being challenged.
William Grogan of the Indy Greens says: “Richard, your story is incorrect. Ron Paul has essentially accepted the nomination. We intend to keep him on the ballot. If Mayor Bloomberg does the same, weâ€™ll do the same. We have had conversations with the Constitution Party, and in fact put them on the ballot for President in 2004 in Virginia by collecting about 16,000 signatures. Now we are calling for a Unity Alliance with the major-minor parties to put Bloomberg/Paul on the ballot nationwide in the next two weeks.”
Richard Winger of Ballot Access News says he’s sticking by his story.