He's spent years opposing them here in Texas -- but now Rick Perry has filed a lawsuit demanding that unelected judicial activists on the federal bench overturn long-standing laws validly enacted by the elected legislators of one of the several states.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging his exclusion from the Republican primary ballot in Virginia, a state known for having some of the most restrictive ballot access rules in the country.
The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, asserts that portions of the Virginia election law, including a rule that requires would-be primary candidates to gather petition signatures only from 10,000 qualified voters who intend to vote in the primary, are unconstitutional. The Virginia Republican Party announced last week that neither Mr. Perry nor Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, had submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
In other words, Perry and his campaign could not get the job done, so he is demanding the courts overturn a decades-old statute that requires that presidential candidates collect 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters, including 400 from each Congressional district. Virginia has over 5 million registered voters and does not register voters by party, so the requirement amounts to an expectation that a campaign gather the signature of two-tenths of one percent of registered voters. That hardly seems like an unreasonable requirement -- and in the eyes of the elected representatives of the people of Virginia, it constitutes a legitimate expectation.
Rick the Double-Dip and Newt the Double-Adulterer failed in their responsibility to meet the ballot-access requirements in Virginia, and have mounted aggressive whining campaigns in response. Now Perry has filed a lawsuit which he justified with a lie about his respect for Virginia.
“Gov. Perry greatly respects the citizens and history of the Commonwealth of Virginia and believes Virginia Republicans should have greater access to vote for one of the several candidates for president of the United States,” said Ray Sullivan, Mr. Perry’s communications director, in a statement.
Mr. Perry, a champion of states’ rights, is asking the court to compel the state Republican party and board of elections to certify him on the ballot for the primary, which will be held on March 6, 2012.
In other words, "Damn the law -- put me on the ballot illegally!"
Let's just call it another example of "Rick-pocrisy".