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Monday, April 25, 2005

Forrester Sues Over County Party Lines

Winning county party lines was Republican Doug Forrester’s strategy for snagging his party’s nomination for Governor in June’s primary. The party line is considered important because of the advantageous ballot position party line winners enjoy. Many party loyalists have a tendency to vote for candidates endorsed by the party, as well as, the candidates on the first line of the ballot. The better your placement on the primary ballot, the better your chances of winning.

Well, Doug Forrester didn’t win all the county party lines, so he has taken to the courts to solve his problem. Apparently Forrester has filed suit against his six Republican challengers, the state’s Attorney General and Bergen County Clerk Donovan in an attempt to cancel party lines for June’s primary election based upon convention results. He wants the court to award him the first line in all counties.

It’s hard to believe the perceived establishment candidate is waging war on the Republican county bosses and organizations through the courts. This tactic of going to court over candidates, ballot and voting is usually reserved for Democrats. We hate to see Forrester adopt a similar strategy simply because he doesn’t like an election outcome.

Forrester was cheated in the 2002 Senate race when Democrats went to court to replace Torricelli with Lautenberg on the ballet 35 days before the election. We thought wrangling a win in the courts was bad form then and we believe it is bad form now. Going to court to gain an advantage is a desperation move unworthy of a man of Forrester’s reputation.

Update: The AP has the story now too.



2 Comments:

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Forrester is doing the same thing that the Dems did to him in 2002 and the Gore people tried to do in 2000: Change the rules of the game after it is in progress. He sought the party line in Bergen by contributing to Republicans there, but somehow he lost the convention and the party line. The basis of the Forrester suit is a statute that was ruled unconsitutional in 1994. In other words, the suit has no basis in law. This maneuver shows that Mr. Forrester is not ready for prime time.

 
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