CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not to belabor the point, since the man obviously has some psychological issues, but the most controversial presidential candidate in recent state history wants to have the final word on the May 8 primary.
Keith Judd is trying to contest the election, according to documents sent to the Gazette-Mail.
In a typewriter-typed pro se court petition mailed from his federal prison cell in Texarkana, Texas, Judd contends that he actually won the Democratic primary: "Election workers were so shocked by the results that Keith Judd won over Barack Obama, that it was decided to report only 41 percent for Judd, hoping that Judd would be pleased and not challenge the false count."
(Some politicos have speculated whether that might actually have been the case, had Obama endorsed same-sex marriage prior to the election, instead of the day after the primary.)
Judd also drags out the old birther argument against Obama, and claims that Obama did not pay the $2,500 filing fee to be a candidate for president in the West Virginia primary.
The filing fee is apparently a sore spot for Judd, who states, "The National Media have smashed and grilled Keith Judd over his payment of the $2,500 filing fee, and whether he met qualifications to be on the ballot."
(The media was naturally curious about how someone who has been in federal prison since 1996 was able to pay the filing fee -- an issue that was resolved in last week's column.)
Judd is requesting a complete investigation into the "ballot fraud," as well as an election recount in which all ballots are to be "authenticated and checked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for latent fingerprints ..."
Judd also alleges that Obama did not personally sign his certificate of candidacy, as required under state law.
Which reminded me that when Betty Ireland was secretary of state, she put up framed copies of certificates of candidacy for famous presidents from Ulysses Grant through Ronald Reagan in the secretary of state's conference room.
Which prompted me to ask her, "Are these the originals? Is this room left unlocked at night? Answer the second question first."
Meanwhile, not sure why there's so much talk about whether Obama will be a drag on the rest of Democratic ticket this fall.
Fact is, West Virginians haven't elected a president and governor from the same party in 20 years, and that trend isn't going to change this year.