Despite starting out with every possible advantage, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proven to be anything but a shoo-in for either the Democrat nomination or the general election.
So her pals in strategic places are doing everything they can to give her the extra boost that may put her over the finish line and get “her turn” at the White House. Like extending the right to vote to convicted felons, just in time for the November election, as governor Terry McAuliffe is doing in the swing state of Virginia.
Gov. McAuliffe and his buddy Hillary, however, just got some bad news from the GOP. Republican lawmakers in Virginia announced today that they will sue the Virginia governor over this executive overreach.
Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.
Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help the campaign of his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the important swing state this fall.
As we’ve noted previously, Gov. McAuliffe is more than a friend of Hillary Clinton; he co-chaired President Bill Clinton‘s 1996 re-election campaign and chaired Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign. No one is buying the governor’s suggestion that his move was not politically motivated.
“Gov. McAuliffe’s flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked,” Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement. He added that McAuliffe’s predecessors and previous attorneys general examined this issue and concluded Virginia’s governor can’t issue blanket restorations.
A lawyer for former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine said in 2010 that the restoration of rights must be done on a case-by-case basis. A blanket order restoring voting rights would be a “rewrite of the law,” Mark Rubin, a counselor to Kaine, said in a letter at the time.