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Mitt’s 'Foul Play' Accusations Mount

Updated on February 13, 2012

The GOP contenders of the presumptive favorite are swinging for the fences. In the latest bid to oust the frontrunner, the candidates have a united message against the Romney tactics toward buying the election. All three challengers have implied foul play from the Romney camp.

The topic was initially raised long ago during the Iowa Caucus. Newt Gingrich was asked if he believed Mitt Romney was trying to “buy the election?” Newt reinforced the phrase he had been touting to the press by adding, “Well, three and a half million dollars of negative ads, you tell me?”

Gingrich revisited the topic once again in the infamous Florida debate. On this occasion, Newt claimed foul accusing his opponent of loading the audience debate crowd with Romney supporters. Shortly thereafter, the Romney camp admittedly claimed credit for doing just that. The Romney tactic seems to have been a game changer; fore Newt hasn’t been a factor since.

Rick Santorum then picked up the ball implying Romney rigged the CPAC results. Santorum wouldn’t commit to outright stating he believed the fix was in, but did explain the modus operandi used by Ron Paul in previous years. According to Santorum, Ron Paul bused in supporters and paid for their tickets, thereby eliciting or buying the votes.

The Maine Caucus came under scrutiny when Romney was declared the winner with only 84% of the precincts factored into the results. With 16% of the precincts not counted, the Ron Paul camp raised objections claiming the results were rigged.

With less than a 200 vote margin of victory, the contention is based on the Paul stronghold of Washington County which was cancelled due to a snowstorm. The Paul camp points out the snowstorm amounted to nothing more than a dusting.

Ron Paul campaign Manager sent an email to supporters explaining the circumstances. “…nothing more than a dusting- was enough for a local GOP official to postpone the caucuses just so the results would not be posted tonight…The Girl Scouts had an event today in Washington County that wasn’t cancelled! And just the votes in Washington County would have been enough to put us over the top. This is an Outrage.”


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the comments phdast7. I support 'nopants' as well.Thx4Sharing

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Interesting and useful observations. Good Hub.

      To themanwithnopants - Keep working on initiatives to get the "dirty" money out of politics. Many of us support you.


    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for your comments Civil War Bob. I'm looking forward to the Baseball season as well.

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      Civil War Bob 

      6 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      I think politics and baseball are similar in the number of foul balls fly around; especially now that Spring Training's here. Good article!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I was just reading about the court decision. That's 49 uncontested Super Tuesday votes unless the People do the unexpected by casting their vote for Paul as a protest. I too am facing a dilemma; of not qualifying to vote. Arizona is a closed Primary allowing only Registered Green and Registered Republicans to participate. Even though there is a Libertarian candidate on the ballot, Registered Libertarians are shut-out.

      Thanks for the Update.Let me know if there is any late breaking changes Jim.

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      6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Don't forget, there are members of the press who have already declared the Virginia primary won almost unanimously by Romney (40 some delgates for those who are counting). Whether it is deliberate foul play or not, whether it is Romney instigated or not, whether it is party official instigated or not, and whether it is judicially reinforced or not - it still stinks. And the smell don't go away just because someone sweetly (and rightfully) says: 'it's all legal'.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks as always for adding substance to the hub through your comments Manwithnopants. I couldn't agree more with your view to get money out. I also agree that the average honest man does not have a chance to serve as an elected official. Hopefully,by the midterms of 2014 we will have resolved that with a third party candidate on the ballot for the House and Senate through Americans Elect.

    • TheManWithNoPants profile image


      6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      As you may or may not know, I am the founder of an organization that has eight initiatives designed to get the dirty money out of politics. One of the initiatives is campaign finance reform, so you can imagine that I have very passionate feelings about money, shaping our leadership in Washington.

      I have a litany problems Mitt Romney and this is one of. them. Sadly, as usual, and honest man couldn’t make it out of the first round, the way things are set up now. I’m not a big fan of any of the contenders, but in my opinion, Newt Gingrich, is the guy who could actually make some things happen. There’s a big disagreement between me and some other people regarding the ethics of Newt Gingrich. He’s a guy who has cheated on his wives. What I point out is that if you do a little research on Bain’s Capitol, you find out very quickly that what this business does for a living, amounts to the same thing that Lucky Luciano and his constituents did and do to make a living. I further point out that Clyde Barker never cheated on Bonnie, but that didn’t make him a choir boy.

      Good points, well-written, and this is a definite thumbs up.



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