Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in the Virginia presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.◼ Virginia Attorney General Intervenes to Get GOP Candidates on Ballot - National Journal
Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs.
The failure of other candidates to qualify — notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry — led to complaints that the 10,000-signature requirement is too stringent.
Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns.
“Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient,” he said in a statement. “Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”
Sources told Fox News that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to support the emergency legislation as well.
(Rick) Perry has challenged the Virginia law and has been granted a Jan. 13 court date. On Saturday, other GOP hopefuls (Newt) Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum formally joined Perry's lawsuit.◼ Virginia AG Intervenes in GOP Ballot Dispute as Blocked Candidates Join Suit - FOX
Perry's spokesman, Ray Sullivan, said Saturday that Perry “applauds” Cuccinelli’s leadership on the issue and hopes the state legislature acts quickly to change the law. “Virginia's onerous and restrictive ballot access rules do create serious constitutional problems and undermine the rights of citizens and candidates,” Sullivan said. “Governor Perry agrees that Virginians deserve a better process.”