Like the little engine that could, Texas Governor Rick Perry just doesn’t want to throw in the towel. The Republican presidential hopeful filed suit in federal court Tuesday in VA in an effort to get his name placed on Virginia’s March 6 primary ballot.
Perry had not collected the legally required 10,000 signatures before the deadline was reached. Rick Perry apparently feels the laws don’t apply to him (too much government!). Perry joins his counterpart in the primary race, Newt Gingrich, as bench warmers for the VA Republican primary.
Perry’s campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan says Virginians should be able to choose between all of the candidates in the primary race. But if a candidate can’t even receive 10,000 signatures, then allowing that candidate on the primary ballot stands to waste the precious taxes and time of Virginians.
Gov. Perry is a politician made for Texas, not the national stage. The last thing our country needs is a candidate who talks openly about eliminating an agency that has protected millions of lives in the U.S. alone (i.e. the EPA) while anointing his hunting camp with a racist name (seems to be a common theme among public representatives of the Republican Party).
Virginia’s ballot access rules may be “onerous,” but they are in place for a reason: to disallow individuals like Rick Perry from embarrassing the state of Virginia.