For those who haven't seen today's campaign eMail - it appears below, in its entirety.
Why did I post it here?
Because Richard Shepard, who is the litigation "Election God" (OK, he's a damn fine attorney, and an expert in election law!), says . . .
"Whatever else anyone may think of Barr, this is the one truly great thing he is doing for third parties of all persuasions."
And that's why . . . he is doing some good.
Just moments ago, Bob Barr and our campaign manager, Russ Verney, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court of Texas to rally a crowd of supporters and answer questions from the media.
Today, we filed an emergency stay to prevent the Texas Secretary of State from printing ballots until after our case was decided.
For a quick recap, earlier this week we filed a lawsuit to remove both John McCain and Barack Obama from the Texas ballot. Texas election code §192.031 requires that the "written certification" of the "party's nominees" be delivered "before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before election day" and both candidates missed that deadline.
When this story first broke, the New York Times , took a jab at us saying that if our campaign prevailed in Texas, the action may, "thoroughly alarm foreign investors."
This morning, political pundits beholden to the status quo got a bit more serious. In a scathing hit piece published by CQ Politics, Craig Crawford wrote that Bob is in Texas "promoting a bogus claim that John McCain and Barack Obama should not be on the state ballot in November."
Sorry, Craig, but you might want to do your homework the next time before you put pen to paper.
When we missed our deadline in West Virginia (a month before Republicans and Democrats were required to file I might add), we were forced off of the ballot. The law is clear and belonging to the Republican or Democrat party does not exempt you from its rule.
Politically biased members of the media are going to move into position and recite talking points that read "BOGUS" each time they are given the opportunity to do so. They'll also be sure to throw in a few other stretches of the imagination or bits of misinformation to smear our candidate and our Libertarian Party.
At this time, we need to simply acknowledge that the attacks will continue. They will be designed to discredit our efforts and demoralize our base.
If you're reading this right now, I doubt you're feeling demoralized. If you're like me, you're ready to do all that you can to fight a clearly corrupt system.
Today our fight is in the Texas legal system.
The first thing that we need is funds to fight this battle We've already incurred tens of thousands of dollars on this effort and we expect the costs to climb.
Please make a donation today and give us BOTH a financial and morale boost we so need.
Thank you for all that you do.
Deputy Campaign Manager
Bob Barr for President
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