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Dear RPV: I Hereby Retract My Signature on Romney’s Primary Petition

This is an open letter to Pat Mullins, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Dear Chairman Mullins;

When I was initially asked to sign a petition to place Mitt Romney’s name on the Virginia Republican Primary ballot this past summer, I declined. My explanation was that I did not support Mitt Romney at that time. In fact, I did not support any particular candidate. I was met with scowls and reminded that it was simply a formality and it is proper Republican etiquette to sign any and all requests to place a Republican candidate on the Primary ballot. And all I was attesting to was that I would be voting in the Republican Primary in March.

And while I still refused to sign, I took the matter under advisement and gave my position careful consideration and much thought. And since I could see no circumstance where I would not be voting in the March Primary (as long as I was physically able to do so) and I desire Virginia’s Primary process to be open to all who wish access, I softened my position. And the next time I was asked to sign a Romney Petition, I did so.

But my signature was based on the assumption that this primary would be handled exactly the same as past Virginia Republican Presidential Primaries.

But now I find that in October, after the Romney Campaign secured my signature, the rules were changed in such a way that Romney would not be subjected to the same scrutiny as the other candidates who turned in the requisite number of signatures.

Unfortunately, the change in rules was not disclosed until after the signatures were counted. Or if they were, I was not notified of the change. Had I been notified prior to the closing date, I would have asked that my signature be removed from the Romney petition.

Further, had I been aware of the implications my signature might serve to allow Romney, or any other candidate, to be held to a different standard than the others, I would have most definitely continued to refuse to sign his petition. Or any petition of a candidate which I did not support.

And while the RPV may have notified all candidates in October of the new rule that exempts candidates’ petitions from scrutiny after collecting a certain number of signatures, Romney obtained my signature prior to October under a different set of rules.

As such, I consider that my signature was obtained prior to full disclosure of the rules of the primary. Further, had I known that my signature might be one that caused an advantage for one candidate over another, I would have refused to sign.

I believe that any signatures obtained for any candidate prior to the October rules change were obtained without a full disclosure of the rules and under the assumption that the rules were static. Which is to say under false pretenses.

Additionally, should the primary ballot only show two names,  I can no longer say that I intend to vote in such a primary. The rule change has now placed my statement that I intend to vote in the Republican Primary in doubt. And had I had a clear picture and knowledge at the time I signed, I would have been obliged to refrain from signing, as my intent to vote in the primary would have been at best, doubtful.

So, in light of these developments I hereby request that my signature be removed from the Romney Petition. Further, I am willing to be named as a Class Action Plaintiff in any class action suit that any campaign might be willing to file to invalidate any and all signatures obtained prior to the October 2011 rule change.

I signed exactly one petition, and that was for Mitt Romney. And I can provide the name of the individual who gathered the signature to verify the facts. And I provided full information, including my address.

The Republican Party of Virginia should know better than to change the rules after the signatures were gathered. This is akin to changing the terms of a contract after signing.

And until the Legislature changes the Election Laws of the Commonwealth, I will not be signing another petition to place anyone on any Republican ballot in the future, be it President or Dog Catcher. And I hope other Virginians take this into consideration before signing any petitions for ballot access.

I really feel that this rule change has disenfranchised me and it is a sad day for the Commonwealth when a political party is allowed to change the rules after the process has begun.

And while I do not feel that the Republican Party of Virginia has done anything with malice on intent to favor one candidate over another, nonetheless, harm has been done.

Harm to me personally, to the process itself and to the Commonwealth as a whole.


Thomas J. White


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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