HD 54: Dems Cut Off Nose To Spite Face
Back in the day, white cops used to arrest civil rights demonstrators for things like “disturbing the peace” while ignoring the scum that was throwing rocks and other projectiles at the demonstrators. That was called a pretext. Everyone knew the demonstrators were being arrested for what they were saying, not for committing any real crime.
It must be something in the water down there, because the same principle was at work in Montgomery yesterday.
In a nutshell, Gaynell Hendricks, realizing her argument that Patricia Todd should be disqualified for filing her disclosure forms with the Secretary of State late but prior to the election was meritless, instead argued that Todd ought to be disqualified for failing to file her financial forms with the Democratic party. The committee agreed, and gave Todd the boot.
There are three major problems here.
According to the reports, not even one single Democrat filed their reports with the party. That means every Democratic nominee should be disqualified from the fall elections. In fact, the last time any candidate filed a report with the party was 19 freakin’ 88!!
Why the rampant lawlessness? That leads us to the second problem. 1988 is when the current law – the one requiring disclosure to the Secretary of State – passed. In other words, until yesterday, everyone was working on the assumption that the State law had superceded the party rule.
So the rule is totally bogus as a reason for the dismissal.
The third problem is that even if the rule is valid, the penalty they imposed would never survive a legal challenge. The state disclosure law was created so that voters would be properly informed. Yet, if the candidate files late, but before the election, the Alabama Supreme Court has held that they do not thereby forfeit the election. In other words, failing to properly inform the most important people in the entire process – the voters – does not justify disqualification. So how much less does failing to inform some party administrator justify disqualification?
To be fair, the committee also booted Hendricks, because she did not file with the party either. But this is still a complete sham. The rule they enforced was superceded by state law, and the penalty they imposed is outrageous. Todd lost because she is a white person and the people pulling the strings in the party are racists.
What a sick joke.
Kathy continues her reporting on the race here, here, here, and here. Jeff’s coverage is here. Dan calls this “The stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” Alabamian asks “What in the Hell is this?” The MSNBC story is entitled: “Dems use ignored rule to oust gay candidate.” The New York Times says “Issues of Race and Sex Stir Up Alabama Election.” The new Politics in Alabama says “Joe GReed has disgracefully engaged in racial politics and has created a huge fiasco that is embarrassing to the entire state and especially to the Democratic Party. . . Joe must go! Joe must go! Joe must go!”