Obama, McCain fail to qualify for Texas ballot

The following is a media release from the Barr presidential campaign:

www.BobBarr2008.com
Interview Contact: Andrew Davis
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Phone: (202) 731-0002

Obama, McCain Fail to Qualify for Texas Ballot
Barr Met Deadline, Demands Law Be Enforced

Atlanta, GA - The Bob Barr presidential campaign has stated “serious legal consequences” will occur should Senators Barack Obama and John McCain be allowed on the Texas general election ballot after they knowingly missed the state’s deadline to file.

According to documents obtained by the Barr campaign, neither John McCain nor Barack Obama complied with Texas Election Code § 192.031, which requires that filings must be submitted “before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before presidential Election Day,” listing the “names of the party’s nominees for president and vice-president.”

“The Election Code of the State of Texas imposes requirements on a political party, which must be met if its candidates for president and vice-presidents are to appear on the general election ballot,” Russell Verney, Bob Barr’s campaign manager stated in a letter sent to the Texas Secretary of State’s office. “The Democratic Party and Mr. Obama, and the Republican Party and Mr. McCain, blatantly ignored the Texas statutory deadline.”

The deadline, which was set at 5 p.m. on August 26, passed before Sen. Obama was nominated and before Sen. McCain had even selected his running mate.

“The law is clear, and it was clearly not followed,” says Verney. “The Texas Supreme Court was emphatic when it stated that the law ‘does not allow political parties or candidates to ignore statutory deadlines . . .’ Senators Obama and McCain did not file by the deadline; therefore, Texas should abide by the laws it created. No political party or candidate is above the law.”

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

15 Responses to “Obama, McCain fail to qualify for Texas ballot”

  1. Anthony Says:

    I am interested to see how the Demopublicans worm their way out of this predicament. I’m sure it’ll be a doozy of an explanation.

  2. drifter Says:

    I am sure on TV it would be shown as a dirty trick the the LP to mess with the big parties, and you would see ZERO mentions of all the othe ballot access issues and the lawsuits by the big parties against the LP.

    in the media, the LP will be the bad guy

  3. Roscoe Says:

    So be the bad guy! Half the country hates the two major parties anyway.

  4. Vincent Darrah Says:

    The TX Sec of State lists these candidates on the ballot as of today in TX
    McCain, Obama, Barr. And these write in candidates Brian Moore/ Stewart A. Alexander
    Alan Keyes/ Marvin Sprouse, Jr.
    Ralph Nader/ Matt Gonzalez
    Cynthia McKinney/ Rosa Clements
    Jonathan Allen/ Jeffrey D. Stath
    Chuck Baldwin/ Darrell L. Castle
    Thaddaus Hill/ Gordon F. Bailey

    http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/general/2008gensbs.shtml

  5. Free Al. Says:

    About time. Now I can finally rest easy, knowing we are fighting to make the big two follow the same laws as the rest of us. They are NOT above the law, and its up to us to make that clear to them.

    Oh, and before any of the Republicrat cheerleaders show up, let me remind you all this is THIRD PARTY watch. Therefore, we are not at all worried that McCain and Obama won’t be on the ballot, we’re worried that they WILL. The law IS for our “masters” as well as us, and I hope that the Texas courts are still independent enough to rule this way, and keep them off the ballot. Then maybe I could finally get a good nights sleep.

  6. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Yes, but what is Barr DOING about it? Last time an opportunity like this presented itself IIRC the libertarian didn’t file in time and thus lost for statute of limitations reasons.

    So, is Barr going to impress me enough to donate by filing or is Barr going to show that he’s not interested in really running as the LP candidate by not filing?

  7. Ayn R. Key Says:

    “Filing” in my previous post being “filing a lawsuit against the scumbags”.

  8. Impeach Bush Says:

    So, if the Dems and Repubs are allowed to get ballot access after the deadline, shouldn’t Nader be allowed to also???

  9. Tannim Says:

    This one should be a slam-dunk lawsuit. Skip NH and MA and run with this one—bigger stakes.

    And this isn’t about Barr. It’s about fucking over the major parties the way they’ve fucked us over, for a FAT group of electoral votes. If it goes, the entire election gets thrown into utter chaos, and we make history in a huge way.

  10. Derek Says:

    The LP would wear the Patriot shirt. You know, first hated, then loved.

  11. Allen Says:

    Tannim is right. I live in Texas. Sock it em!

  12. kerwin Says:

    Go back to sleep. The Dem and Repubs will be on the ballot by fiat.
    Even if prevented, the conservative base in TX will vote for McCain, because of the huge publicity involved with publicizing the ballot mess in TX. TX went conservative in the 70’s when all the oil people moved into TX.
    You guys are dreamers more than the 20 (total) Alan Keyes supporters.

  13. kerwin Says:

    I just checked further - McCain and Obama are certified as ON THE BALLOT in TX.

  14. Vincent Darrah Says:

    Anyone read what is posted, I posted early in this thread that the Rep and Dem were on the ballot. Even provided the link to prove it

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