First, we have the state Supreme Court race. Being too cute by half, the NCGOPe, um, “brains” in Raleigh decided to rig the candidate selection system to ensure top-down control. Candidates would have partisan labels. Supreme Court primaries were done away with. NCGOPe insiders announced WHO their troops outside the beltline were supposed to support. All so neat and tidy, eh?
Well, a monkey wrench named Anglin has appeared on the scene. Chris Anglin, an attorney with a lot of ties to the NC Democrat Party, filed for the Supreme Court as a Republican. That presented a problem for incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson (R) who had been set up by Raleigh power-brokers for a one-on-one matchup with Anita Earls (D). Now, there will be two names on the Supreme Court ballot with R next to them.
The honorables on Jones Street went back into special session. They passed special legislation that said, basically, if you weren’t registered with a particular party 90 days before filing, you can’t run under that party’s standard. (You have to run as unaffiliated.)
Not too long ago, the crew at state GOP HQ fought tooth and nail to keep a state senate candidate on the ballot who had only registered to vote in North Carolina DAYS before filing closed.
The governor has vetoed this, and it appears an attempt will be made to override the veto.
And then there is the Constitution Party of North Carolina. NCGOPe types were all giggly when The Green Party got ballot access. A great opportunity to split the liberal vote.
Then, The Constitution Party — which supports all that stuff Republicans are supposed to be supporting — got ballot access. The honorables went to work and threw a monkey wrench into the party’s candidate recruitment process.
Well, it appears the fledgling party’s leadership is seeking its day in court:
On July 20th The Constitution Party of North Carolina, and 3 of it’s Candidates, Jerry Jones, Greg Holt, and Alen Poindexter filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ruling by Josh Lawson to remove it’s candidates from the ballot after the Law Changed.
Vice Chairman Kevin Hayes said “ We are asking the courts to place 3 of our candidates back on the ballot. The Constitution Party followed the Law, and our candidates legally filled. Because the Republican led general assembly was afraid of the Constitution Party they opted to target us with a law that would keep New Parties from nominating people who lost a primary. ”
Al Pisano State Chairman said “ Clearly this bill was a direct result of The Constitution Party making the ballot. There was no mention of this until after we made the ballot. Removing someone from the ballot after the law changes sets bad precedent and is dirty politics. Even the Democrats never pulled a stunt like this and we believe the citizens of our state will end up rejecting this type of politics. “
Our state and our country were established with the idea of the government and its politicians being servants to the people. We’ve allowed a 180-degree turn on that thinking. Time to nip it in the bud.