From a press release by the Eric Reyes for U.S. Congress campaign:
Earlier today, two donors and allies of Bobby Schilling’s campaign filed challenges to the signatures that Eric Reyes and his campaign collected.
“A year ago the Schilling campaign declared that challenging an opponent’s petitions was a direct attempt to usurp the democratic process,” Abe Levy, campaign manager for Reyes, said. “Clearly, Schilling and his allies have flipped on yet another stance, and this is another reason why constituents deserve a better option in the primary.”
Levy goes on the express confidence that their petitions will survive challenge, but to me, this move by Schilling is frankly baffling.
Ever since I resumed blogging last summer, all I have heard is that Reyes has no chance, no base and no money—so what’s up with this? Is Schilling just doing it because he can, or is there real concern about Reyes? Further, I’m sure this move by Schilling will do wonders toward healing the divisions in the already fractured RICO GOP.
This type of strong-arm thug tactic makes me harken back to the ’08 congressional campaign when Phil Hare was running for his second term in congress and the GOP was too damned feckless and dysfunctional to even field a token candidate to oppose him. The scuttlebutt at the time was that the GOP was demanding any candidate self-fund and have a cool million in the bank. So a Green Party candidate emerged named Troy Dennis. He had absolutely no chance against the Democrat Machine, but since they had all those lawyers at the ready, they decided to challenge Dennis’ petitions and got him thrown off the ballot.
Cool move, huh?
Back in ’09-’10 when I was working to get Schilling elected, I had no idea what I was doing was promoting a younger, slimmer version of the abominable Phil Hare.