Virginia Republicans are taking court action to remove Terry McAuliffe from the ballot for governor. By law, all candidates must sign the Declaration of Candidacy form. And once you sign it, two witnesses have to swear they watched you sign the form. Well, he did get two witnesses to sign on as witnesses, but the problem is that McAuliffe never signed it, so his two witnesses committed fraud.
RPV chair Rich Anderson stated:
“Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and Terry McAuliffe’s clear violation of the law severely jeopardizes the integrity of our elections in Virginia.”
If the Virginia GOP prevails, it will quite possibly mean Virginia will have a Republican governor. McAuliffe easily bested the other Democrats in the race and he was running dead even with Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former CEO of the Carlyle Group.
The only way the Republicans could lose is if a lot of Democrats preferred a Republican over McAuliffe and they return to the fold under another candidate. But, will they disqualify McAuliffe just because he violated Virginia law and their state constitution?
RPV also contends two individuals, Renzo Olivari of McAuliffe’s communications team and Christian Radden, committed fraud when they swore they saw McAuliffe sign his form.
For decades, Terry has used his political connections and proximity to power to avoid consequences for his reckless behavior and disregard for people and laws, but no amount of political favors and back-slapping can refute the fact that McAuliffe is a fraudulent candidate and cannot be Virginia’s next governor.
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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) quipped in a statement Friday, “How could McAuliffe pass up an autograph?” RGA counsel Jessica Johnson wrote on social media, “Will the rules apply to Terry? If he had an election law attorney helping him with this filing, they should be fired”:
The outlet also noted election law specialist Michael Gilbert’s assessment of McAuliffe’s missing signature. Gilbert said it “appears to be a clerical error,” adding, “My guess would be this lawsuit doesn’t go anywhere.”
McAuliffe is facing Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former CEO of the Carlyle Group, in the gubernatorial race to replace Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is term-limited and unable to seek reelection. Polls have continued to give McAuliffe a slight edge in the race, but his lead often falls within the polls’ margins of error, signaling the blue-leaning state is gearing up for a competitive faceoff in November.