Thursday, February 15, 2007

On The Right Explodes Over Runoff

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting today that state lawmakers might use a bill aimed at increasing disclosure of campaign donations to eliminate the primary runoff provision that hangs over this springs primary for Governor. Playing politics and using legislative gimmicks to repeal the primary runoff law is a thinly veiled attempt by Democrats to make sure a weakened Ernie Fletcher is the Republican candidate in the fall! In addition, Fletcher operatives like Republican Damon Thayer of Georgetown are aiding and abetting in this nefarious game to change the rules in the middle of the game.

The same old stink is rising from Frankfort! An excellent reader comment to a story in today's Courier Journal regarding repeal of the primary runoff law: In spite of some revisionist history about what the ruling was all about, in the 2000 election, the US Supreme Court ruled that one cannot change election laws after the election has already begun, which is what the Florida Supreme Court tried to do when Bush won Florida.

If the legislature overturns the runoff law, and no one exceeds 40 percent (highly unlikely-I believe someone will break out the pack on both sides the week after Derby), whoever comes in second and would have been in the runoff will sue using Gore vs. Bush as a precedence, and will probably win in court. You don't change the course of a foot race after it has begun just because the person who is ahead is someone you don't like.

The time to change the law was prior to January 30th, election filing day, not afterwards. Those who decided to run knew what the rules were - they should not be changed, and according to the Supreme Court, they cannot be changed. I can't believe our legislators are actually considering it!

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