It's official -- the AZ Democratic Party thinks it has found enough bogus signatures to keep Nader off the AZ ballot. From the press release:
Two Arizonans filed suit today against Ralph Nader, detailing a challenge to the validity of Nader's candidacy and putting into jeopardy an effort, aided by Republicans, to get Nader onto the Arizona ballot. The counts listed in the suit include Nader's attempt to name a 'placeholder' Vice Presidential candidate as well as the more than 15,000 collected signatures that were found to be invalid. A comprehensive analysis of those signatures which could be found in local voter files showed that close to half of the signatures collected came from Republicans.
"There has been widespread reporting that Republicans financed the efforts to get Nader onto the Arizona ballot. They failed miserably," said Jim Pederson, Arizona Democratic Party Chair.
And by the way, for those of you who are hurt that I'm going after St. Nader, tough. I'm just getting warmed up.
Don't cry for Nader, though. He obviously needs to feel hated, given his national disapproval numbers in the 80s. It apparently makes him feel relevant. So I had a choice -- ignore his ass or take him on. My choice is obvious.
Update: Nader now deigns to give Kerry advice about how to run his campaign.
Although his candidacy endangers Democrat John Kerry's run for the White House, Ralph Nader on Wednesday gave some friendly advice to his rival -- pick John Edwards for vice president.
Nader, running for president as an independent, sent a letter to Kerry urging him to select the North Carolina senator, who was Kerry's chief opponent in the race for the Democratic nomination.
"Friendly advice" my ass. Now if Nader wants to offer to drop out if Kerry picks Edwards, then I'll welcome the "advice".
Otherwise, I have some "friendly advice" for Nader. Though I doubt he'd listen or care.