Friday, June 24, 2005

Win to Sponsor Challenge to Asa's Residency?

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).

21 Comments:

Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The ArkansasFamilyCoalition blog and BullWiz are reporting that "Win Rockefeller told a group of Young Republicans at the Mallard Bar last Monday night that somebody would file suit against Asa......, claiming that he was not a resident of Arkansas long enough to be a candidate for Governor."

They further reported that Win stated that people would think twice about voting for someone in the primary if they thought he may be thrown off the ballot that summer.

Even though experts have doubted that the case has merit, and even though Democrat Chairman Willet has said the case lacks merit, this writer is not so sure.

Am I saying that Asa is not really an Arkansan? Of course not. I am saying that once an issue gets before today's courts you never know how it will turn out. A narrow reading of the two year residency requirement could well exclude Asa. You have to think like an ACLU lawyer, not a person with common sense, to understand that the courts might rule Asa ineligible to be Governor.

Since Rockefeller is alleged to have said the suit would be filed in April or March at the earliest, it is unlikely to be resolved before the May primary.

Does this run the risk of Asa winning the primary, then being declared ineligible? What happens then?

If this is true is it a good strategy for Win, or will it backfire?

9:02 PM, June 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if he wants to make his candidacy into a total joke. Even Mike Bebee and Jason "Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh" Willet have said on the record in the papers that the charge is absurd. I am assuming that if there was anything to that rumor, the Dems would have just gotten quiet when asked about it rather than emphasizing the absurdity of it. Then again, if Win Rock were able to shame or disqualify Asa out of the race that would give Jim Holt the chance to run for Governor.
Its a scary thought that I would have to overlook Jim Holt's weird factor to cast a vote for him. Shudder the thought!

Poor Win, I really feel sorry for him. Nothing is going right. He does seem sincere and gentlemanly, but a tactic like that would only make him look mean and hateful. I really believe he is too distinguished to really go through with challenging Asa's residency.

9:18 PM, June 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 4 previous Arkansas Constitution's required a 7yr residency to be "immediately preceding" the election.

However, in our current Constitution, the words immediately preceding were removed. The reason for the removal is that the writers of our existing Constitution wanted Albert Pike to be able to run. Albert Pike had served his country in the Civil War and would not qualify if the 7yr. requirement was immediately preceeding the election. This is the exact same scenario we have with Asa. He was serving his country out of state.

The Constitution must be read literally when dealing with election laws and interpreted in favor of giving the voters as much choice as possible.

Win Rockefeller would have to argue that the founders of the Constitution "did not really mean that" when they wrote it. The Consitution is a "living document" that should be changed. Not a winning legal argument and a terrible political argument in a Republican primary.

I hope Win convinces some "neutral sapp" to file suit. If that happens, you can be sure that Win is going to lose the election.

8:03 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This rumor mongering is a joke and makes the blogs lose credibility.

8:09 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This rumor mongering is a joke and makes the blogs lose credibility.

8:09 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that it is a rumor. I guess only time will tell.

8:58 AM, June 25, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

The 2006 Republican Primary is going to be a blood bath for sure.

10:14 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't have to be. If Win and Asa just run on the issues, it can be bloodless. However, Win knows he can't win on the issues so I suspect Terry will be proven correct.

10:58 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor mongering? There were multiple people who heard Win make those comments. I don't know how that is classified as a rumor.

10:59 AM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there. He never said that. Its just the same Hutchinson attack machine in motion. I thought Asa! and Win Rock were on the same team. Too bad Mr. "Conservative Moral" Hutchinson's team is resorting to this type of dirty politics this early.

1:34 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Rockefeller does not file any claims, then no harm done. I don't know why Rockefeller is protesting so much. All he has to do is nothing and the "rumor" will be proven wrong. It makes you think they are upset that the plan was leaked before they could implement it.

2:18 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
According to the Arkansas Family Coaition Blog

"The sources we have say that he did not say this in a speech, but with a small crowd of young people. We trust our sources but do hope that there was a miscommunicatiion."

So were you at every conversation he had that night?

2:28 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Rockefeller sends out a press release attacking Asa for having a fundraiser in DC, Rockefeller tells young people that Asa is not qualified to be a candidate (which is flat out wrong) and Rockefeller is going have somebody file a lawsuit to have Asa kicked off the ballott and somehow Asa is being mean. Please explain to me this reasoning.

2:31 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it true that one of Marion Berry's former staffers runs Bullwhiz? (bullwhiz.blogspot.com for those who don't know)

4:42 PM, June 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that its being run out of Fort Smith.

2:58 AM, June 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody i know who is pretty well connected said that there are several people who post at bullwhiz and that they are a republican and democrat, which i think is good.

8:29 AM, June 26, 2005  
Blogger HiddenImage said...

Rockefeller will never do anything of the sort. Also, if Hutchinson wants to cut him off at the pass he could file an action in court to have his candidacy declared legal by the court. If he files it himself, Rockefeller's people can just shut up about it and we can get on with the race that will captivate Arkansas.

3:55 PM, June 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asa can not file the suit because the issue is not ripe. Until he files his candidacy with the Secretary of State, there is no issue. I suspect Asa would love to file a lawsuit now and not let Rockefeller attempt this pathetic move, but he can't.

7:46 PM, June 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullwhiz is bs

1:08 AM, June 27, 2005  
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