Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suffered a blow in being disqualified for the Virginia primary ballot last week. But in a neat twist of irony, former state Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman, a Richmond lawyer, represents a conservative group challenging the disqualification for the March 6 Super Tuesday ballot, Politico
“We are teaming up with former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman to make sure the voters of the commonwealth have a fair and transparent presidential primary process,” said Bill Pascoe, executive vice president of Citizens for the Republic (CFTR).
“As a Democrat, Mr. Goldman, who has a demonstrated history of success in expanding ballot access in Virginia, brings clean hands to the effort. He doesn’t have a horse in this race, so no one can claim he’s acting on behalf of anyone other than the citizens of Virginia.”
Pascoe notes that Goldman has worked closely with Virginia officials on both sides of the aisle on education issues. “So it’s a natural fit to ask him to work with, and help represent us, in this bipartisan effort,” he said.
The group isn’t looking for a lawsuit, Pascoe said. “We hope this matter can be settled without a court challenge,” he said.
“Accordingly, we have asked Mr. Goldman to begin contacting the relevant parties . . . in hopes of expediting such a fair and transparent resolution. This isn't a partisan or even candidate specific thing, but far more important, about the right to vote in Virginia on the presidency. The people of Virginia expect their right to choose to be upheld."
It’s a matter of individual liberty, Goldman said. “As with everything we do in the field of public policy, CFTR’s goal is to empower the individual, in the belief that a free choice in the marketplace of ideas is what Virginians want to have their leaders achieve in time for 2012 presidential primary.”
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