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.
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.