On Tuesday I outlined the one decent method for obtaining ballot access for Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry in Virginia. Information has come to light, directly from the Gingrich campaign, that a paid signature gatherer committed fraud. This fraud eliminates the possibility of Gingrich utilizing the method I suggested on Tuesday. I had heard rumors of this, but waited for verification before publishing.
That same day Perry chose his route, one I had advised against, but it may be because he never had 10,000 signatures either regardless of the method of collection. In his Complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia he indicates he submitted over 6000 signatures of qualified voters. When pursuing a courtroom remedy, if he submitted over 10,000 signatures he believed to be valid, he should have indicated as such in the Complaint. The decision to indicate just over 6000 signatures, is an indication he never had close to the necessary 10,000.
With the admission of approximately 1500 signatures gathered by fraud for Newt Gingrich, this means he can not claim he submitted the proper number of signatures, only with validating witness problems.
Gingrich is in as weak a position as Perry now. Joining in Perry's suit is probably a waste of time and money. The only option is a legislative change which is nearly impossible.
Folks will have to vote for Mitt Romney or Ron Paul in the Presidential primary in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2012.