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Published January 3, 2012-Updated January 10, 2012

“Rick Perry is for state rights, but not when the state is intruding on his rights to not follow the rules”

by Nathan’ette Burdine-Follow on Twitter@nbnylemagazine

          Rick Perry has said on numerous occasions that he is a big supporter of state rights.  When he was ask about New York legalizing same sex marriages, Rick Perry said that that was the state of New York’s business.  But when the state of Virginia decided Rick Perry would not be placed on the state’s ballot because he didn’t have the necessary 10,000 signatures, Rick Perry decided he would rebel by filing a complaint with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Richmond Division.  He alleges that the state of Virginia violated his rights as a candidate because the state does not allow write ins and signatures below 10,000.  

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch writer Andrew Cain’s article “How did Virginia’s ballot access get so strict?,” Virginia’s rules have been in place since 1998.  During the 2000 election, Alan Keys, Gary Baurer, Steve Forbes, Senator John McCain, and Governor George W. Bush qualified under the rules.  In 2008, Senator John McCain, Governor Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Governor Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani qualified.  While during 2012, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only two to qualify.  Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman didn’t submit any signatures to qualify.  As for Newt Gingrich, he's in the same position as Rick Perry.  The biggest problem for Perry, as for Gingrich, is that he knew about the rules but he decided not to follow them. 

          Unfortunately for Perry, his not getting on the ballot and the filing of the lawsuits paints him as disorganized and selfish.  A major complaint Texans have made about Rick Perry is that Rick Perry is only thinking about Rick Perry.  Due to his recent actions, the statement is beginning to ring true and it is an eye opener to the type of presidency Rick Perry will have.  It is for this reason that Perry’s poll numbers have taken another deep-water dive.  Rick Santorum has knocked Perry from his number four spot in Iowa to number five.  And based on a USA Today/Gallup Poll, Perry is polling in nationally at 7% among registered Republican voters.  

There is an old saying,  “When someone shows you who he is, believe him.”  Unfortunately for Perry, the voters are believing what they are seeing.  The fact that other candidates have managed to successfully file and get on Virginia’s ballot makes Perry look like a hypocrite.  In general, people do not like hypocrites.  Perry’s recent actions and his drop in the polls are signs that voters are paying attention to the real Rick Perry who is standing up, and the real Rick Perry is someone who is looking more un-presidential by the second.  A major concern about Mitt Romney is that he is a flip flopper, but Rick Perry is putting him to shame on that front.  Rick Perry has flipped flopped on everything from his statement concerning illegal immigrant children receiving free education to supporting state rights and then suing the state of Virginia for exercising its right.  Perry’s argument is counter to his hard line support for the 10th Amendment and state rights.  And if the court follows Perry’s logic, they will be placing Perry’s rights over Virginia's right to determine its voting rules.







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