Just a few days ago, Newt Gingrich pointed out the eerie similarities between his failure to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot and, uh, Pearl Harbor. Now we learn the real (?) reason Virginia voters won't be able to check a box for Newt…
The former House Speaker, who had enough of his signatures thrown out by the Republican Party of Virginia that he failed to meet the filing rules, told a woman in Algona [Iowa] that what happened in Virginia "was just a mistake."
"We hired somebody who turned in false signatures. We turned in 11,100 — we needed 10,000 — 1,500 of them were by one guy who frankly committed fraud," Gingrich said.
That's his story, and he's sticking to it, which may explain why there's been no word from the Gingrich camp on filing a federal ballot access challenge a la Rick Perry. Tea Party attorney/hero Jonathon Moseley to the rescue…
Attorney Jonathon Moseley of Reston, Va., says he filed [suit] Thursday in the Circuit Court of Richmond County. It contends that Gingrich met the requirement of filing 10,000 signatures and that many of those were improperly excluded. The suit also takes issue with how the Republican Party of Virginia determined that not enough signatures were valid.
It takes a special kind of lawyer to argue that signatures were improperly excluded when the candidate himself admits many signatures were fraudulent, but Moseley is, indeed, a special kind of lawyer. This is the guy who worked on Christine O'Donnell's failed Senate run, went on to do research for her even-less-memorable book, then ended up in a legal dispute over payments.
Despite the acrimony, Moseley's website is still packed with testimonials from O'Donnell. Sample: "'This is a really good idea. You’re a great lawyer.' –Christine O’Donnell by email to Jonathon Moseley on March 2, 2011 at 2:12 AM (responding to my email the previous day)."
We're looking forward to seeing an update in a few months: "'Who are you? What are you doing? Did you not hear what I said?' -Former House Speaker/Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich."
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