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McAuliffe Campaign Manager Warns: “How to steal an election in 3 easy steps”


I'm  mostly taking a little break for Thanksgiving, but I received this email a little while ago and thought it was worth passing along. One the holiday is over, Virginians' attention will almost certainly be drawn back to the Attorney General's race drama, including the possible scenarios McAuliffe campaign manager Robby Mook outlines below. 

Lowell, democracy is a great thing… unless you lose.

Seriously — this could happen in Virginia:

1) Virginians' votes are counted and Democrat Mark Herring wins
2) Republicans file for a recount and still lose
3) 87 Republican Legislators declare Republican Mark Obenshain the winner anyways

We can't allow the Tea Party to nullify 2.2 million Virginians' votes and steal this election.

The Richmond Times Dispatch outlined how Mark Obenshain and the Tea Party wing could take the nuclear option:

“Obenshain could initiate what state law calls a 'contest' in which the 140-member legislature decides the attorney generalship by a majority vote. That would be a minimum of 71… There are 87 Republican legislators. Many of them don't like one bit that their party could be completely shut out of statewide office.”

It is absolutely outrageous that the Tea Party could decide to throw out every single vote that was cast just because they don't like the outcome of the election.

We can stop this from happening — but only if our legal rapid response fund has all the resources it needs.

Thanks for fighting for democracy,


  • Glen Tomkins

    Unless VA law says that the results of the recount cannot be contested in court, and that the legislative contest is the only way to contest a result that a candidate thinks was wrongly arrived at, I don’t see Obenshain going for the legislative contest, or the GA agreeing to decide the election.  

    The legislative contest is a fossil remnant of an earlier era, when people didn’t despise their legislators and have too much faith in judges.  We didn’t let Congress settle the 2000 presidential election as the Constitution and federal law said it was supposed to, we let SCOTUS do it, even though SCOTUS had to pre-empt the legally prescribed process to achieve that end.  As long as the courts are still dealing with the matter, I don’t see the GA going 180 degrees against that tide, and pre-empting the courts to make a final decision in a matter that involves the interpretation of election law.  And after the judicial process makes a final decision, I don’t see the GA overturning it.

    I’m a lot more worried that courts might steal this thing, than that the GA might.