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Christine Todd Whitman Goes to Press a 7th Time to Promote Jon Huntsman, Violating Americans Elect Policy

She’s done it a whopping six times before in a fairly short time. This is the seventh.

The bylaws of the privatized presidential nomination called Americans Elect aren’t vague. They are specific:

Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not 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. The Board shall appropriately enforce the provisions of this section as well as Section 6.1 regarding neutrality of officers of Americans Elect.

Christine Todd Whitman is on the Board of Directors of Americans Elect.

Go read this December 12 2011 article by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joelle Farrell and you’ll hear Christine Todd Whitman offering these thoughts up for public consumption:

Disparaging presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney:

Q. What are your thoughts on the GOP presidential field?

Whitman: It looks now as if it’s getting down to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Newt’s a very bright person and he certainly engages on the issues. He has a lot of baggage. . . . While people don’t dislike Romney, they’re not thrilled with him. That’s one of the reasons I joined Americans Elect.

Disparaging Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain:

Q. What about Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain, though he’s now dropped out? What do you think of their candidacies?

Whitman: Can’t we do better?

Promoting Jon Huntsman as a presidential candidate:

Q. You’ve said you like former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Do you think he could be the Americans Elect nominee?

Whitman: To me he’s the type of candidate that would appeal to them. If you go on the website and look at the issues people are talking about, they’re not into the social issues, they’re into the economy. They tend to believe that climate change is real and scientists have something to say. . . . [He] is in this race right now for the Republican nomination, but if that’s not something that happens, I think he is someone who would have an appeal.

The Americans Elect bylaws are very specific in their insistence that “The Board shall appropriately enforce the provisions of this section as well as Section 6.1 regarding neutrality of officers of Americans Elect,” but there is no evidence that the Americans Elect corporate board has enforced neutrality and sanctioned Christine Todd Whitman. To the contrary, Whitman continues to appear around the country in her dual role as Huntsman promoter and Americans Elect representative. There appears to be nothing or no one to stop it, despite the clear rules for Americans Elect. Apparently, at Americans Elect rules are meant to be bent.

6 comments to Christine Todd Whitman Goes to Press a 7th Time to Promote Jon Huntsman, Violating Americans Elect Policy

  • Sam

    I did not see any endorsement in there from her. I have to admit, I did not go read the whole article that was referenced, but the quote above just said that he would be someone that would appeal to those most likely to participate in AEs nomination process. I did not hear her say that she would endorse Huntsman at this time, plus it is not like she was plugging his name in there, she was responding to a question that was asked specifically about Huntsman.

  • Thanks for writing, Sam.

    I for one did not see the words “endorse” or “endorsement” in the Americans Elect neutrality policy or anywhere in this article for that matter. Those are your words.

    The policy is: “Board members shall not 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.”

    She’s clearly doing that, and she’s clearly been doing that.

  • Dove

    “Americans Elect rules are meant to be bent” just like all their words — Phrased to let the listeners project their own democratic preferences while allowing the board to guide the outcome. Luckily they don’t have enough influence to accomplish much beyond redistributing Ackerman’s funds and getting a few extra people to donate to his selected beneficiaries. I expect Whitman is involved with multiple political action groups and would not let the bylaws of such a weak group prevent her from promoting whatever names she wants.

    • They’ll be on the ballot in 50 states, Dove. They’re getting free air time on every single news show on TV, repeatedly. I think they’re going to play a major role for those two reasons.

  • Hooligan

    Obviously she’s so excited about what Jon Huntsman can do for America that, try as she might, she just can’t keep from talking about it. In that sense it’s completely understandable.

    If only she would marry Chris Christie, they could co-rule New Jersey, as Chris and Christine Christie. Then they could outdo Bush with a Chris-tian Crusade, to avenge their state for all the toxic waste that originated in the Middle East.

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