Politico May 15, 2012 By KENNETH P. VOGEL Americans Elect, the deep-pocketed nonprofit group that set out tonominate a centrist third-party presidential ticket, acknowledgedtoday that its ballyhooed online nominating process had failed. The group had qualified for the general election ballot in 27states, including North Carolina, and had generated concern amongDemocrats and Republicans alike that it could wreak havoc on aclose election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But just after a midnight deadline Monday, the group acknowledgedthat its complicated online nominating process had failed togenerate sufficient interest to push any of the candidates who haddeclared an interest in its nomination over the threshold in itsrules. "Because of this, under the rules that AE delegates ratified,the primary process would end today," said the group"sKahlil Byrd in a statement issued at 12:01 a.m. |
Tuesday. He seemedto leave the door open for proceeding outside the original process,adding, "There is, however, an almost universal desire amongdelegates, leadership and millions of Americans who have supportedAE to see a credible candidate emerge from this process." Byrd said the group would confer "with its community"in the coming days "before determining next steps for theimmediate future. AE will announce the results of theseconversations on Thursday, May 17." The idea for Americans Elect was to break the grip of the two majorparties on national politics, which the group blames forWashington"s hyperpartisan gridlock. Prominent backers included former New Jersey Gov. Christine ToddWhitman and Manhattan private equity tycoon Peter Ackerman, whoprovided millions in seed funding.
They and a board of dignitaries set out to create a bipartisanticket to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states selectedthrough a nationwide Internet convention that would have forced topcandidates for its presidential nomination to tap vice presidentialrunning mates who are either independent or affiliated with theopposite party. It had drawn criticism for not disclosing the donors whocontributed upward of $20 million to win ballot access and set upthe nominating process, and also for rules that some worried couldallow insiders to steer its nomination to a candidate of theirchoosing. Obama political guru David Axelrod once called it an"über-democracy meets back room bosses." The group failed to generate interest in possible campaigns fromSens. Joe Lieberman and Lamar Alexander, and its highest-profilecandidate had been former Louisiana Gov.
Buddy Roemer, who declaredhis candidacy after dropping his bid for the GOP presidentialnomination.
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