At the end of this month, the executive committees for the state Democratic and Republican parties will meet to determine who will make it onto the ballot for Georgia’s February 5th presidential preference primary as prescribed by state law [OCGA 21-2-193]. As a prelude to each Party’s respective executive committee meeting, the AJC’s Political Insider recently wrote that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sent his son to Georgia Republican Party headquarters to personally lobby for his father’s inclusion on the Georgia Republican ballot. Let me start by saying that unless a majority of the Republican state executive committee has it in for Gov. Romney, he doesn’t have anything to worry about. However, there are candidates, (on both sides), that I hope will be excluded from the February ballot.
Those candidates are (in no particular order):
I singled these candidates out for exclusion because of Ron Paul. Ron Paul can hardly be considered a top-tier candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. However, Paul managed to raise $5 million for his campaign. With that five million dollar figure, Ron Paul established the Mendoza line for presidential politics. If you can’t raise at least $5 million, then you should not be included on the presidential primary ballot. At last count, many (if not all) of these candidates have not raised anywhere near that number; and their polling numbers in this state are negligible at the least.
The question has got to be asked, “if you can’t raise at least $5 million by November 1st, and if you can’t point to polls showing that you have measured support of at least 5% in the polls, then why are you running and why should we include you on our ballots?”
You know, I would not necessarily object to requiring presidential candidates pay a qualifying fee equal to 3% of the annual salary for the POTUS (i.e., the POTUS makes $400,000 a year; 3% of that is $12,000).