An Idaho lawmaker tweeted a scheme to elect Mitt Romney as president, even though the election is already over. The scheme has been circulating on several Tea Party blogs already, suggesting that if states that support Mitt Romney refuse to participate in the Electoral College, then the election result would be changed.
The lawmaker, state Senator Sheryl Nuxoll, sent an article out on Twitter that details the scheme, writing:
“A ‘last chance’ to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late).”
The plan to elect Mitt Romney is not actually completely constitutional, like the article asserts, reports The Idaho Statesman. Instead, constitutional scholar David Adler calls it, “a radical, revolutionary proposal that has no basis in federal law or the architecture of the Constitution.”
Nuxoll disagrees with Adler’s statements, but stated, “Well, I guess that’s one lawyer.” She went on to say about her proposal to elect Mitt Romney:
“I post for people to see and think about things and reflect about things. I don’t know if it’s realistic.”
The article posted by the Idaho lawmaker was originally written by Judson Phillips, a former assistant district attorney in Shelby County, Tennessee, and the founder of Tea Party Nation. The article was originally posted on WND (World News Daily), which is widely considered a conspiracy site. The article now includes a note that reads:
“Since this column was posted it has been discovered that the premise presented about the Electoral College and the Constitution is in error. According to the 12th Amendment, a two-thirds quorum is required in the House of Representatives, not the Electoral College.”
Nuxoll’s post on Twitter has received a mass of backlash, with users calling her a “moron,” and a racist. One user even wrote:
“You are an idiot. SHAME ON YOU for trying to usurp the will of the majority of American voters. Feel free to self-deport.”
While the Idaho lawmaker has not responded to the insults on Twitter, she did speak with The Idaho Statesman, saying that she is not actively working to get Idaho electors to skip the Electoral College vote. Nuxoll stated:
“I think it is very, very sad that we elected our current president, because he is definitely not following [the] Constitution. He is depriving us of our freedoms by all the agencies, and so … what I’m thinking is the states are going to have to stand up for our individual rights and for our collective rights.”
What do you think? Should we use one “last chance” scheme to elect Mitt Romney, or is it time to accept that President Obama was re-elected by a majority of voters?
Check out some of Nuxoll’s other tweets below.
A ‘last chance” to have Mitt Romney as President in January (it’s still not too late)….ELECTION (more.. chumly.com/n/185c26f )
— Sheryl Nuxoll (@SherylNuxollID) November 20, 2012