We’ve been here, folks, a Secretary of State crosses i’s and dots a few t’s and the idea is to turn the election in favor of your guy. And Ruth Johnson of Michigan is doing it so boldly, so moronically, that she’s threatening her own office.
As you probably know, many states have what’s called a “sore loser” law to prevent candidates from running in one party, gathering support and running as an independent later. You lose the Michigan primary? You can’t be a sore loser and try to play spoiler. However, here’s where Secretary of State Ruth Johnson screwed up: Gary Johnson didn’t run in the Michigan primary. He pulled out early in the campaign season precisely so he wouldn’t be a sore loser. In fact, he even filed in Michigan to withdraw.
The bureau of elections CLAIMED they received the filing only THREE MINUTES AFTER THE DEADLINE. A) That’s probably a complete and utter lie. B) the letters and the correspondence say that Johnson has a “FILING” deadline, which is not the same as “must be received by.” They must backdate it to the time it was postmarked – NOT WHEN THEY FELT LIKE LOOKING AT IT. C) Three minutes? Oh, please. You can lie better than that.
This is the most obvious dirty trick I have ever seen in politics – particularly when you realize that the person who drafted the ballot-denial letter was none other than Michigan Romney Campaign Director Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Conflict of interest. Lies. Ballot access denied. THIS is change from hope and change?!