Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cuccinelli Changes His Mind on Primary Ballot Issue

Last week Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said he was considering supporting an effort to change the rules to allow the full range of presidential candidates on Virginia's ballot on March 6th. However, after much thought Cuccinelli concluded, "we cannot find a way to make such changes fair to the Romney and Paul campaigns that qualified even with Virginia's burdensome system." 

Lt. Governor Bolling applauded the reversal saying:
“Needless to say, I am pleased that Attorney General Cuccinelli has abandoned his call for legislative changes to Virginia’s ballot access requirements in advance of the Republican presidential primary in March.  While I do not object to the General Assembly considering changes to our ballot access requirements for future elections, it would have been inappropriate to make such changes in the middle of the current presidential nominating process.  That would have been terribly unfair to Governor Romney and Congressman Paul, both of whom successfully complied with these requirements and filed a sufficient number of legal petition signatures to qualify for the Virginia ballot." 

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