What do you guys think of this? It seems pretty shady to me....one more reason to distrust the repubs.
Report: Backroom Deal Kept Romney On Illinois Ballot
Pema Levy March 18, 2012, 7:09 PM 9864 25
The Romney and Santorum campaigns reached a deal in January to drop challenges that could have kept both candidates from winning delegates in Illinois, according to a report from the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights.
Last week, BuzzFeed reported that the Romney campaign dropped challenges to Santorum’s signature petitions in several Illinois counties even when he lacked the requisite number of signatures, basically allowing him to appear on the ballot in almost every part of the state. The strange decision, BuzzFeed noted, appeared to have come from Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who officially withdrew the challenges. Rutherford offered basically no explanation, telling BuzzFeed, “We decided to be spirited and let it go.”
<..> Once the Romney campaign challenged Santorum’s petitions, the Santorum camp came back with its own challenge based on the fact that Rutherford had notarized Romney’s statement of candidacy in Massachusetts instead of Illinois. If the Santorum camp had won the challenge, Romney could have been disqualified from winning any Illinois delegates. The dueling challenges then led to a truce between the two campaigns.
“I filed that challenge and they eventually asked me to withdraw my challenge in exchange for them withdrawing theirs,” Santorum’s Illinois state director Jon Zahm said. According to Politico’s account, Rutherford then went to the Romney campaign and asked them to withdraw the challenges to Santorum’s petitions. From there, both campaigns agreed to withdraw their respective challenges in what Zahm called a traditional Illinois “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.”