Despite starting out with every possible advantage, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proven to be anything but a shoo-in for either the Democrat nomination or the general election.
So her pals in strategic places are doing everything they can to give her the extra boost that may put her over the finish line and get “her turn” at the White House. Like extending the right to vote to convicted felons, just in time for the November election, as governor Terry McAuliffe is doing in the swing state of Virginia.
Gov. McAuliffe and his buddy Hillary, however, just got some bad news from the GOP. Republican lawmakers in Virginia announced today that they will sue the Virginia governor over this executive overreach.
Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.
Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help the campaign of his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the important swing state this fall.
The pending legal fight highlights the important role Virginia will likely play in this year’s presidential contest. Clinton could benefit from a surge of new minority voters, who typically vote Democratic. Although even if all the 200,000 ex-felons signed up, they would represent less than 1 percent of total registered voters in the state.
As we’ve noted previously, Gov. McAuliffe is more than a friend of Hillary Clinton; he co-chaired President Bill Clinton‘s 1996 re-election campaign and chaired Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign. No one is buying the governor’s suggestion that his move was not politically motivated.
“Gov. McAuliffe’s flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked,” Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement. He added that McAuliffe’s predecessors and previous attorneys general examined this issue and concluded Virginia’s governor can’t issue blanket restorations.
Republicans have hired Charles J. Cooper, a Washington, D.C., attorney known for defending California’s ban on gay marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. The Daily Caller notes Cooper was also assistant attorney general under President Ronald Reagan.
Interestingly, one of McAuliffe’s Democrat predecessors, former Gov. Tim Kaine, found that the Virginia governor did not have the authority to take a blanket action such as McAuliffe just did.
A lawyer for former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine said in 2010 that the restoration of rights must be done on a case-by-case basis. A blanket order restoring voting rights would be a “rewrite of the law,” Mark Rubin, a counselor to Kaine, said in a letter at the time.
Then again, using executive action as a means to further an agenda — bypassing the checks and balances built into our government — seems to have become increasingly popular under President Obama in the past seven years.
And some have recognized McAuliffe’s strategic timing in announcing his executive order — perhaps timed so as not to allow any challenges, such as the one GOP leaders have just announced, to make their way through the court before the November election is in the books.
One of the travesties of election fraud is that it’s almost always only discovered and punished after the fact — when it’s too late to change the outcome of the election. In this case, this longtime Clinton operative is trying to commit it right in front of our very eyes.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]