The Derecho and The Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince William County are reporting that the Prince William County Republican Committee’s Temporary Nominations Committee for the open Brentsville Dist. Supervisor seat disqualified candidate Scott Jacobs for failure to file his statement and filing fee on time in accordance with the official call:
Filing for the Nomination for Brentsville District Supervisor
Any person who desires to seek the Republican nomination for the Brentville District Supervisor, Prince William County, VA ***must*** submit a written statement to that effect, along with a non-refundable filing fee of $895.00 (Eight Hundred ninety five dollars and no cents), to the Temporary Nominations Committee, at Prince William County Republican Committee, Attn: Nominations, P.O. Box 1955, Manassas, VA 20108-0806, postmarked on or before September 24th, 2014. (emphasis added)
Really? Jacobs’ campaign couldn’t even do something THAT simple correctly?
Word is that Jacobs’ team is going to try and drive their turnout for the meeting in order to challenge the ruling of the nominations committee from the floor. Jeanine Lawson’s supporters cannot take anything for granted and must show up to ensure that the rules as written are enforced.
However, in the end it does not matter how those attending the mass meeting want to handle this. The official call is the trump card here and it specifically states that candidates “must submit a written statement . . . along with a non-refundable filing fee of $895.00 . . . postmarked on or before September 24th, 2014.” There is no changing what the official call states and Robert’s Rules of Order will back that up. Furthermore, there can be no nominations from the floor since the official call does not allow for that.
What does matter is if this process is dragged out, it might give Democrats or an independent an opportunity to organize and get behind a candidate in this race. The only way that Jacobs’ name can be placed in contention for the nomination at the mass meeting is if Lawson’s supporters allow it to take place or do not challenge the outcome of a floor vote to permit it if Jacobs were to prevail on the question. If that happens, then this mass meeting would surely be overturned by the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee as it has with other recent mass meetings in Fauquier and Campbell counties that were not held in accordance with the party plan, the official call and/or Robert’s Rules of Order.
Under the rules as set forth and as would ultimately be upheld by RPV, only one candidate – Jeanine Lawson – has qualified to seek the GOP nomination at the Oct. 1 mass meeting. Scott Jacobs needs to acknowledge this and get behind the nominee of the party.
UPDATE: So much for being a good sport. Jacobs is bolting the party to run as an independent.