A response by William J. Malan to a news report about the failure of Newt Gingrich (and Rick Perry) to make the Virginia ballot:
As someone who ran as a Libertarian for Attorney General in Illinois in 2010, I am ROTFLMAO at Newt’s latest SNAFU.
In 2010, the LP of Illinois gathered about 30,000 signatures to make sure we had 15,000 valid ones. The Republican Party of Illinois pulled a ton of dirty tricks, but was unable to throw us off the ballot. They did succeed in getting the Constitution Party knocked off.
Of course, the fact that Newt is a lifelong politician, lives in Virginia, and is supposed to be Mr. Superbrain only makes the story all that more comical.
I can understand Rick Perry not getting on the ballot in Virginia. He may have gotten enough signatures, but apparently the Board of Elections did not permit someone to sign with an “X” unless it was then “cosigned” by someone. Most of Perry’s supporters, as I understand it, made their X, and then the cosigner used an X also. Perry then had his top man count them up, and inadvertently double counted the Xs.
I can only say, Newt, I wish you a merry, merry, Christmas in your resident state of Virginia. Ho ho ho.
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