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Bill Card’s Liberty Coup

By Greg L | 4 March 2015 | PWCRC | 10 Comments

In what may be the most brilliant political move in local political history, it appears that PWCGOP Chairman Bill Card somehow neglected to file the requests on behalf of incumbent local elected officials for primaries to decide who the nominees will be in those races.  With the filing deadline for primary elections having passed, as it stands now there will be no local republican primaries in the county.

I’m sure some of you now are scratching your heads wondering how this could somehow be laudable.  If you’re passionately opposed to the outrage of the Incumbent Protection Act and have been watching with dismay how difficult it has been for the 24th Senate District to thwart Emmett Hangar’s attempt to railroad his way back into the Senate of Virginia this election cycle, a masterstroke like this will warm your heart.  Despite the clear language in this particularly offensive law stating that elected officials can choose the method of nomination in their districts as only applying to members of the General Assembly, “tradition” has extended this outrage down to local elected offices as well.

So how does someone who appreciates the Constitution defend it’s principles?  They thwart the process, in this case by “forgetting” to file paperwork where no remedy exists in the law to deal with such a possibility.  Instead of the circus in the 24th Senate District, where the courts will ultimately decide who the Republican nominee for office will be, in this case there’s not a lot of cause for legal action on the part incumbents like Marty Nohe, no legal authority for the Board of Elections to come to his rescue, and pretty much this one simple action cannot be undone.

It’s utterly brilliant.  Sometimes bright people can use the process to thwart tyranny, and sometimes they have the courage to do so.

Today Bill Card “wins” politics, and it’s a good day for us all.

UPDATE: Bill Card claims this was an inadvertent mistake and begged the electoral board to rewrite the law and establish primaries.  They refused, obviously for political reasons (Democrats think they’ll face better candidates from a primary), but even if they did it for the wrong reasons, they did the right thing.  On to the next round of legal maneuvering, unless someone gives up.



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10 Comments

  1. andy said on 4 Mar 2015 at 7:01 pm:
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    So will they be holding conventions?

  2. Greg L said on 4 Mar 2015 at 8:30 pm:
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    No word yet. That’s up to the committee (or perhaps the district committees) to decide.

  3. Anonymous said on 4 Mar 2015 at 11:16 pm:
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    Are you actually saying that PWCGOP Chairman Bill Card did this on purpose as a way to “thwart the tyranny” of RPV rules?

  4. Brian said on 4 Mar 2015 at 11:45 pm:
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    The full committee will decide separately for each race. There are no local committees per the pwcgop organization.

  5. Jeanine Martin said on 4 Mar 2015 at 11:50 pm:
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    Wow! What a great idea! Way to go Bill Card!

  6. Anonymous said on 5 Mar 2015 at 9:06 am:
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    Same paperwork was never filed with RPV for the Brentsville Mass Meeting yet they still held the Mass meeting forcing Jacobs to run as an independent. Something Stinks!!!

  7. Greg L said on 5 Mar 2015 at 11:54 am:
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    Yeah, because everyone figures out when local party nominations are happening by digging through the RPV website. What a crock. Jacobs was never going anywhere - just the number of Lawson delegates that showed up to a meaningless convention was enough to trounce him handily in the general election.

    If you’re whining that Scott “I forgot to file my paperwork” Jacobs had an election stolen from him, no one is ever going to take you seriously.

  8. Stephen Spiker said on 5 Mar 2015 at 12:12 pm:
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    Greg, do you know if Nohe and Stewart were led to believe that they would have a primary?

  9. Greg L said on 5 Mar 2015 at 1:09 pm:
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    I have no specific knowledge, but wouldn’t be surprised at all if they did. Just about everyone was under the impression these nomination contests were going to be primaries, and I’d think the reason they thought so was that they got this information from the candidates.

    Pretty hard-ball, yes. Such is politics. Usually the liberty side of the equation is on the less fortunate side of such changes.

  10. Dave said on 5 Mar 2015 at 4:33 pm:
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    I predict this is much hubbub over nothing and there will be primaries. Though the story is more interesting with the conspiracy theory, but probably not true

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