She’s done it five times before; this is the sixth.
The Americans Elect bylaws are very specific, as an Americans Elect Director, Christine Todd Whitman is not supposed to “communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating convention of Americans Elect.”
But here she is this week nevertheless, appearing on national television via FOX News to communicate in favor of presidential candidate Jon Huntsman:
FOX News: All right. So you like Jon Huntsman, the former Governor of Utah.
Americans Elect Director Christine Todd Whitman: Personally, I like him. He’s not, you know, we don’t support a candidate. In fact, none of the money we raise can go to supporting a candidate. or an issue. It has to be about holding a primary, and we will have ballot access in every state in the nation.
FOX: But you were quoted as saying, and maybe this quote isn’t accurate, but you were quoted as saying you’d like to see him mount this third party run for the White House.
Whitman: Oh, I hope that if he doesn’t make it through the Republican process that he would consider this, because he’s someone with whom I think people would, people who are interested in Americans Elect would be very interested in him. But that’s going to be his decision. He’s running as a Republican now — but he wouldn’t change that. He could still run as a Republican, that’s the thing.
The bylaws say that when the neutrality provision is violated, there must be some sort of sanction. But Christine Todd Whitman is getting away with it again and again and again where the whole country can see it. Is the Americans Elect corporation inclined to follow its own rules? If not, how much trust should we place in it as it gets ready to run its own private presidential nomination in less than five months’ time?
P.S. Read Jon Huntsman’s latest statement carefully and you’ll notice he’s using the same language Christine Todd Whitman is using:
Jon Huntsman said Thursday that he won’t consider a third-party bid for the White House, despite struggling to break out in the Republican field.
“I’ve been a lifelong Republican. We’re going to finish strong,” Huntsman told reporters Thursday after a speech at the National Press Club. “I’m running as a Republican and I have nothing to fear.”
As Christine Todd Whitman points out, Americans Elect doesn’t consider itself a third party. She also says that Republicans can run as Republicans under the Americans Elect banner.
Watch and wait.