Corey Stewart is all in a tizzy that he might not be able to use a primary election for his re-nomination, to the point he’s saying all sorts of utterly ridiculous things to the Washington Post, and trashing the Republicans he is asking to vote for him. You’d think this guy never faced a convention before in his life.
“With all the other dysfunction and lack of vision in the Republican Party, this just adds to it,” Stewart said, referring to feuding between tea party activists and moderates that has drawn concern from prominent national Republicans. “A special nomination process run by the party would be a disaster.”
Amazingly enough, Corey has never faced a primary election in the past, so it’s hard to fathom what experience he’s drawing on that makes it preferable over a convention in his mind. He certainly didn’t seem to think facing a convention was a “disaster” in 2006 when it nominated him for the Chairmanship. He wasn’t blessed with the opportunity for a “non-disaster” nominating method in 2007. He sure liked not having a primary election in 2011. But conventions? Corey’s been in plenty of them.
Suddenly, Corey is demanding that he be re-nominated in a primary election, citing the Incumbent Protection Act as his legal authority to do so. Here’s the specific language:
A party, whose candidate at the immediately preceding election for a particular office other than the General Assembly (i) was nominated by a primary or filed for a primary but was not opposed and (ii) was elected at the general election, shall nominate a candidate for the next election for that office by a primary unless all incumbents of that party for that office consent to a different method.
So in order to qualify for this special incumbent protection, Corey either had to be nominated by a primary, or have run unopposed in a primary in 2011. If that ever happened, there certainly isn’t any evidence of that to be found. If there wasn’t a primary in 2011 for the Republican nomination for Chairman, he can’t legally demand there be one in 2015 no matter whether the Board of elections chooses to violate the law and order primary elections in Prince William County this year after the legally-mandated deadline for requesting them has passed.
Regardless of what method of nomination eventually happens, Republicans should remember how Corey says you have no vision and can’t run internal party operations without it being “a disaster.” I’ve never seen a candidate ask for your vote on one hand and call you an idiot on the other, while at the same time demanding special treatment under the law when the law doesn’t entitle you to it.
I guess Chris Crawford really is a credible candidate, because this kind of hysteria doesn’t happen when you think your challenger has no chance at all.
UPDATE: Strangely enough, that quote from Corey Stewart disappeared when the WashPo edited the article to correct that Jeanine Lawson wasn’t among those clamoring for a primary. Nice to see the WashPo “disappear” quotes from elected officials from their articles without disclosing that they’d done so. George Orwell would be proud.
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