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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