In what could be a staggering blow to Queen Hillary’s electoral hopes in Virginia, the state Supreme Court smacked down Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to over 200,000 felons. The ethically challenged McAuliffe – a longtime Clinton crime family crony – had sought to influence the election by attempting to add the new voters who would reward the Dems at the polls come November. It was such a blatant maneuver that state Republicans sued and were delivered a victory when McAuliffe’s chicanery was derailed.
The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order seeking to reinstate the right to vote to approximately 206,000 Virginians who had been convicted of a felony but had completed their sentences.
Writing for a 4-3 court, Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons held that the “assertion that a Virginia governor has the power to grant blanket, group pardons” is “irreconcilable” with the Constitution of Virginia.
The ruling is a political setback to Democrats and was issued in the critical state about an hour before Hillary Clinton announced she would choose former Virginia governor and current Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. The court’s opinion actually mentions Kaine, noting that when he was governor he contemplated a similar executive order but in the end was advised that he couldn’t issue such a sweeping action.
“Never before,” Lemons wrote, “have any of the prior 71 Virginia governors” issued such a clemency order of any kind, “whether to restore civil rights or grant a pardon, to an entire class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request.
Ever the sanctimonious scumbucket, McAuliffe released an official statement blasting the ruling:
“Once again, the Virginia Supreme Court has placed Virginia as an outlier in the struggle for civil and human rights. It is a disgrace that the Republican leadership of Virginia would file a lawsuit to deny more than 200,000 of their own citizens the right to vote. And I cannot accept that this overtly political action could succeed in suppressing the voices of many thousands of men and women who had rejoiced with their families earlier this year when their rights were restored.
“Forty states give citizens who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society a straightforward process for restoring voting rights. I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.
“Despite the Court’s ruling, we have the support of the state’s four leading constitutional experts, including A.E. Dick Howard, who drafted the current Virginia Constitution. They are convinced that our action is within the constitutional authority granted to the Office of the Governor.
“The men and women whose voting rights were restored by my executive action should not be alarmed. I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote. And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians. My faith remains strong in all of our citizens to choose their leaders, and I am prepared to back up that faith with my executive pen. The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.”
The ruling throws a monkey wrench into the gears of the Clinton machine’s pandering to blacks which if you go by statistics comprise the bulk of those McAuliffe sought to make eligible to vote. It also nullifies some of the impact that Hillary’s choice of Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate which indicates just how much importance that the campaign is placing on Virginia – a crucial swing state that the Clintons must
steal win all costs.