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Rick Perry, Opposer of “Frivolous Lawsuits”, Sues Virginia

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Presidential candidate Rick Perry of Texas, who continually touts his record in Texas for taking away his citizens' rights to sue for harms done to them ("tort reform" measures like capping awards for medical malpractice and other personal injuries), seems to think it is OK to sue the Commonwealth of Virginia . Mr. Perry found Virginia's requirement that a Presidential candidate obtain 10,000 signatures before being placed on a primary ballot to be too "onerous" and "problematic" (Query: if this requirement was too onerous, how is he going to manage being President of the United States?). This wannabe President has trumpeted to anyone who will listen to him about his legacy of taking away Texas citizens' rights to sue, their rights to challenge big business, or big insurance companies, all of whom seem to be prospering in Texas and across the country. Apparently, when he wants to sue for a perceived wrong, he can justify a lawsuit. And the fact that the Virginia requirement was well-known and clear to Mr. Perry – and all of the candidates – when he entered the race, seems to be of little importance. His lawsuit does not qualify as "frivolous", even though the Virginia requirement is clear as the print on this page.

It seems as if most of Mr. Perry's competitors in Virginia, like Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, did not have the same problem as Mr. Perry. This is despite Mr. Perry having a sizeable advantage over Mr. Paul in campaign money. Despite the money in his coffers, Mr. Perry claims that Virginia's "ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election." Interesting theory, considering most of the other candidates (excluding Newt Gingrich) seemed to find the rules quite negotiable.

The hypocrisy of some politicians is rather perplexing, especially those self-righteous politicians who have little problem denouncing all of those so-called "ne'er-do-wells" who have the temerity to bring a lawsuit for an injury, like that caused by a defective product that kills or maims a family member, or like a health care provider who negligently injures or kills, or like a large corporation that willfully and knowingly releases or dumps toxic substances into the air or groundwater (or ocean – e.g., BP). Those latter suits are "frivolous" according to Mr. Perry and his cronies in the Texas legislature, but his lawsuit against Virginia, upon being denied access (Virginia sure has a lot of gall, does it not?) because of his inability to qualify under a well-known state requirement, becomes fodder for a lawsuit. Perhaps Mr. Perry should have been a little better organized, or used some of the many millions his campaign has banked (where did that money come from?) to work a little harder in Virginia. But, in light of, and despite of, his campaign's failure to follow the rules Virginia clearly established, he now seeks redress through the courts, claiming his constitutional rights have been violated. What an amazing turn of events.

Is not Mr. Perry a strong proponent of "states' rights"? What happened to Virginia's rules? These are rhetorical questions, because the answers are clear – Virginia's rights and rules do not matter when they do not comport with Mr. Perry's presidential aspirations. Oops.

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  1. Muffler says:
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    Seems to me as stated that the GOP is against judicial activism unless it helps them.. Then it’s ok.

  2. Neal says:
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    I like your article a lot. However, you should be writing “Dr. Paul” instead of “Mr. Paul”.

  3. Muffler says:
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    Seems to me as stated that the GOP is against judicial activism unless it helps them.. Then it’s ok.

  4. Greg Webb says:
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    Muffler,

    Amen. Any decision by a court for Joe Q. Public against a big company (one of their contributors or a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) is “judicial activism” and “jackpot justice”. But when they need a lawyer, and a court decision, Big Business has no problem suing and clogging the courts up with business on business litigation, or getting a court to find that their constitutional rights have been violated.

    Thank you for commenting.

    Greg Webb

  5. Greg Webb says:
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    Neal,

    What type of “Dr.” is Ron Paul?

    Greg Webb

  6. Brent says:
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    Greg, Dr. Paul is a medical doctor. Specifically, he’s an obstetrician.

  7. Kevin says:
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    ” (or ocean – i.e., BP) ”

    You mean e.g., not i.e.

  8. Kevin says:
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    ” (or ocean – i.e., BP) ”

    You mean e.g., not i.e.

  9. GK says:
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    “Interesting theory, considering most of the other candidates (excluding Newt Gingrich) seemed to find the rules quite negotiable.” – You mean manageable, no negotiable. There was no negotiation on the rules, but the candidates found they managed to pull them off.

  10. ds says:
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    wow, anal word police in full force.

    Nice post.

  11. Angry Voter says:
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    Let the record show that Rick & Newt are media fabricated candidates.

    I think they don’t have enough signatures from registered voters because they are such obvious corporate puppets.

  12. Mike says:
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    Good article sir. The more I read about Mr. Perry the more immature he seems in a professional manner. He seems to continuity pick fights instead of handling it as a presidential canidate. More importantly Rick needs to get the hint, he won’t win.

  13. Joseph says:
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    Nogotiable: adj.
    1. Easy or possible to negotiate or be negotiated: negotiable demands; a negotiable road.

    negotiate: tr. vb.
    2. to succeed in passing through, around, or over (e.g. to negotiate a mountain pass)

    The ballot rules are negotiable the same way a road or mountain pass can be negotiable: Clearly marked, without insurmountable obstacles, and possible to get through readily.

    Mr. Webb: spot on, excellent critique, with extra points for educated and apt use of the word “negotiable.”

  14. Greg Webb says:
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    Kevin,

    You are correct – it should be “e.g.” – thanks. That’s what I get for writing quickly.

    Thanks for reading.

    Greg Webb

  15. J Bohanon says:
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    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul

    “(Dr.)Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1968. He worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s, delivering more than 4,000 babies, before entering politics in 1976.”

    Does that satisfy your stringent standards to list him as “Dr. Paul”?

  16. Joseph Crawfish says:
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    lol that “Dr.?”
    I guess you go to hospitals and think they dont have medical backgrounds either? fix it he deserves the recognition as a Doctor & a U.S. Veteran.
    Really disgusting thing to say

  17. Erica says:
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    I just find that enlightening other’s of Ron Paul’s past profession only strengthens their image of him as a honest candidate – unlike the hypocrisy and sleaze we see from most others. Yes Ron Paul is a doctor but most don’t know it. Honestly, I didn’t, but understanding the fact that he has delivered 4,000 really does show he has more to care about than his own well being. No wonder why he is on the ballot while Mr. Rick goes crying to the same system he criticizes. What a phony!

  18. Dan D. says:
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    Romney and Paul are the *only* ones who qualified for the VA ballot. Gingrich and Perry failed, and the rest didn’t try.

  19. Greg Webb says:
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    GK,

    I actually meant to use the word “negotiable”. See Joseph’s comment and defense, as I believe he nailed it and appreciated my use of that word. Thanks Joseph!

    Happy New Year!

    Greg Webb

  20. Greg Webb says:
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    Mike,

    Thank you for the compliment. I hope my article conveyed my displeasure adequately. As I wrote this, I had to remind myself to “tone it down”. I am grateful, as are many, that our Consitution, via the First Amendment and the internet, allow for a forum to speak out.

    Happy New Year.

    Greg Webb

  21. Greg Webb says:
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    Mr. Bohanon,

    Thank you for that information about Dr. Ron Paul. I did not know about Dr. Paul’s curriculum vitae, and had not heard him referred to as “Dr.” before. I did not mean any offense.

    Greg Webb

  22. Donna Grant says:
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    I completely agree with Perry that “Virginia’s qualification process violates the constitution by restricting voters’ access to the candidates of their choice.”

    He is 100% correct and I can’t understand how you would view this as a “frivolous” lawsuit. I agree that States have rights and Rick Perry is a formidable supporter on the subject. However States cannot cross Federal boundaries. The Feds just shut down Sheriff Joe Arpaio for laws he passed on immigration because the Federal Government has FAILED to do their job. I agree with the Sheriff but the Feds had the right to step in as they should.

    Regardless, only 2 candidates (seasoned veterans!) are on the ballot in Virginia and it’s unacceptable and an injustice to the process. I for one, do not appreciate the GOP shoving another unqualified, unelectable candidate down my throat. However they will do what they do and use every means possible to get “their” candidate in the election. Loop holes and all…

  23. Kevin says:
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    Donna Grant,
    Perry is just as much a “seasoned veteran” as Paul or Romney is. He screwed up and now is whining about it. And yes, I know that it was probably not him specifically, but a member of his staff, that screwed up. But it is ultimately his responsibility.

  24. Greg Webb says:
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    Ms. Grant,

    I understand your passionate support for Mr. Perry, but the rules were clear, and they were in place way before Mr. Perry entered the race. His claim that the rules are too onerous rings hollow in my view. If he (or his staff) cannot manage to comply with well-known ballot rules, how can he possibly expect to be organized and diligent enough to be President of the United States? This was a very simple process for him to complete – 10,000 signatures is less than .3% of Virginia’s population. Mr. Perry screwed up, not Virginia. If one wants to be President, he or she better be able to comply with a simple ballot rule and it really does not matter what his excuse is for failing. Virginia did not move the proverbial goalposts, Mr. Perry just failed to kick the ball through. Pursuing a bogus case does not help his stature – he should own up to the failure and move on.

    Greg Webb

  25. Donna Grant says:
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    Actually Greg I am not a Perry supporter. I haven’t made my mind up yet who I will support however there are ONLY 2 candidates that are on the Virginia ballot. Do the math. I follow all of the candidates closely and have read their opinions/statements on the matter. Virginia’s process is onerous. So basically what you are saying is that in your opinion all other candidates are incapable of being the President of the United States except for Romney and Paul? God HELP US ALL!

  26. Greg Webb says:
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    Ms. Grant,

    Unfortunately, because of the weak field, the only Virginia Republican candidates – for the primary – are indeed Romney or Paul. They qualified, and other potential qualified candidates either failed to qualify (E.g., Perry and Gingrich) or decided running for President of the United States was not a good idea (E.g., Gov. Christie of New Jersey). I agree with your sentiments. Should be an interesting year politically in 2012.

    Greg Webb

  27. Cilla Mitchell says:
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    I vote for Governor Rick Perry as dog catcher and Doctor (and I use the term loosely)Ron Paul, as his jock strap holder. All of them, unfit to be in the position they are in. All of them, pandering to special interest groups at the cost of Texans. All of them, guilty of of sacrificing fundamental constitutional liberties secured in the Bill of Rights to protect the rich. All of them hypocrites. It has been so long since Ron Paul probably treated a live patient, he wouldn’t know which end of the stethoscope to insert in his ear.

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    Great points about the hypocrisy of Rick Perry. Depends on who needs to sue, his campaign or the little guy in need of the justice system.