Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve Doesn’t Work
West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said again Friday afternoon at a news conference that not to allow federal prison inmate Keith Judd on the primary election ballot would have been going against the law of the land!!!
Tennant has been criticized by some following this week’s election and upon everybody learning who Judd is.
Judd not only got on the ballot but he received 41% of the vote in the Democratic Primary against President Barack Obama.
Tennant says the U.S. Constitution sets out who can run for President and it does not exclude felons.
“We can’t let our emotions, we can’t let our passions try and override the law,“ Tennant said.
Tennant says there have been a lot of suggestions about what she should have done.
She says many of those go against what the Constitution requires.
“You must be a naturally born citizen, at least 35-years-old and have lived in the United States 14 years and that is all,“ Tennant said.
“The individual 50 states cannot add qualifications to that list.“
Tennant says Judd filed a lawsuit against her office last fall when he thought he would not be allowed on the ballot.
She says the state Supreme Court threw the case out because the filing period for the election had not yet started. It didn’t begin until January.
Tennant says when it gets down to it the law is the law.
“For people to suggest that I should have never let him on the ballot would be suggesting for me to break the law,“ she said.
If there was transparency and people knew about that suit last fall there would have been no problem.
Comment by Keep It To Yourself on 05.12.2012
We need to be able to write in candidates in the primary election. That way, no matter who files, we would have a real choice. The idea that you can only vote for people who paid $2500 to be put on the ballot is as bad as having felons run for office, isn’t it?
In order for a November election to be fair, the voters need to be able to choose candidates in the primary election. If no one files, the voters should still be able to make suggestions!
This isn’t Natalie Tennant’s problem: it is OUR problem!
Comment by Karen Pennebaker on 05.12.2012
To Karen Pennebaker,
You are sooooo correct.
Tennent has been full of crap from day one.
She is acting like she is the only one understand the constitution.
The Felon knew which state has an idiot for secretary of state and chose it to register.
Is she saying ALL THE OTHER STATES violated the constitution?
Because of her action once again W. Va. Has made an a** out of herself standing up like a sore thumb and it is nobody else’s fault but ours.
Comment by what a joke on 05.12.2012
Tennant might as well live in Glenville, for she talks the talk and walks the walk!
Thanks to the Free Press, revealed now is the reason Gerry Hough presented his proposal of teaching the press a lesson! THE FOIA court case where Hough sued L Smith from the WV Record was a huge SLAP IN THE FACE for Gilmer County. They LOST!
Gilmer public officials together as a team were involved in something so unethical, so CROOKED and so shamefully stupid as to be CAUGHT fully enmeshed in the unlawful act of falsifying documents.
METZ LIED about the minimum credentials necessary to hold office and was backed up by S. P. and the democrat executive committee and they were not going to do a thing about it, and that says a lot!
The self-serving public officials of Gilmer County have been breaking laws, buying state witnesses, committing white collar crimes, and have turned a deaf ear to RAPE and MURDER!!!
The Glenville and Gilmer County elite are a HORROR STORY COME TRUE!!
Comment by Council of Concerned Citizens - President on 05.12.2012
I have gone to all my sons track meets .You mention the name Natalie Tennant She has a niece that participates in track. She has showed at some events. This is how i figured who the family members are. I have listened to several of there conversations at shot putt and discus. I had no choice they like to be seen heard. There was tent set up at the discus field. There were 2or 3 spectators under it they had to be moved for her family’s team they do not share well with others. After HEARING a few words we heard said. No one in Gilmer County should ever be embarrassed of our kind. Maybe she just did not want to share the information about the presidential candidate in prison. When we take our tent to events i am not going to act so ig*#*rant i will just share my tent with any body that needs to get out of the sun or rain. Most of us in Gilmer County set ours up at games and do it to share with are neighbors, friends and anybody that needs it.
Comment by Glenn Ashley on 05.14.2012
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