Not to fault the state media. The office of president regularly attracts a variety of fringe and wacko candidates (perhaps drawn by West Virginia's comparatively easy ballot access -- more on that tomorrow ... ). The only difference this year was the potential for a sizeable protest vote.
(Whether publicity about Judd would have changed the outcome Tuesday is open to debate: In Kanawha County, Judd got 28 percent of the vote. However, he got 48 percent in Raleigh County ... )
One of the more confounding things about the Judd candidacy was how he was able to get his certificate of candidacy notarized in the first place.
Turns out his case manager at FCI Texarkana did it. According to a federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, every federal prison has a notary public on staff to process documents for inmates, and said there is nothing in their policies that forbids notarizing inmate campaign filings.
Obviously, Judd was able to get certificates of candidacy notarized in 2008 when he was on the presidential primary ballot in Idaho -- as well as the one that reached the West Virginia Secretary of State's office that election after the filing deadline had passed.
Remarkable -- wonder if the same policy stands if an inmate wants to incorporate a business in order to run some sort of scam operation?
Finally, many national media outlets, relying on Associated Press election night coverage, incorrectly cited Judd as being an inmate at the Beaumont, Texas FCI, (which was his "home" during his 2008 candidacy), which drew this chiding from the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper:
"The presidential candidate who used to call the Beaumont federal correctional facility home -- he's since been moved to Texarkana (yet many 'Pulitzer' winning news outlets are erroneously reporting he's still in Beaumont) -- fared pretty darn well in the West Virginia Democratic primary last night (the only primary in which he is on the ballot)."
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.