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“A FRAUDULENT CAMPAIGN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 9, 2016) — Catholic University of America Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Victor Williams, a registered write-in presidential candidate in nine “later-primary” states, has filed ballot challenges in those states naming Sen. Ted Cruz as ineligible to seek the presidency because of his birthplace in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and not the United States.
Williams, a soft-spoken man originally from Arkansas, has taught law for nearly 20 years after first becoming a public school teacher. He obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, and holds additional LLM degrees from Columbia Law School and George Mason University, respectively. In his instruction at Catholic University, he focuses on Law and Economics and Lawyering Skills.
“George Mason has just received a very generous gift and they have renamed their law school the “Antonin Scalia School of Law,” so retroactively I have a degree from there, which I’m very happy about,” Williams told The Post & Email on Saturday morning. “It’s a perfectly-named university and now a perfectly-named law school.”
In addition to Catholic University, he has taught law at City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds two Master’s degrees, one of which is from Harvard University.
On his campaign website, Williams declares that Cruz is a “natural-born Canadian” who is perpetrating “ballot fraud” by claiming to be a “natural born Citizen,” as is required for the U.S. presidency by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Of Cruz’s presidential campaign, Williams wrote on his website:
Ted Cruz is a “natural – born” Canadian. He again acknowledged this fact in the formal processes required for him to renounce his Canadian citizenship.
Until May 2014, Mr. Cruz was free to enjoy all the rights and privileges of his natural-born Canadian citizenship.
South of the 49th parallel North, however, the United States Constitution’s Article II, Section 1 is explicit in listing three absolute tests required for any Candidate to qualify for the presidency:
“No person except a natural born Citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of President, neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen years a Resident within the United States.”
Like the 14 years residency requirement, the “natural born Citizen” requirement is a test of American soil. This natural-born soil test is required only for the nation’s highest federal office – the presidency.
Ted Cruz fails this “Jus Soli” (law of the soil) test. The requirement of “Jus Soli” citizenship was, and is, antithetical to any statutory conferring of citizenship on children born abroad of American parents. And Mr. Cruz knows that he fails the test yet he continues with his fraudulent campaign.
Williams has additionally described Cruz as a “naturalized” U.S. citizen rather than a “natural born Citizen.”
As a “competitive candidate” within the GOP field, Williams has filed challenges to Cruz’s candidacy in California, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin, with a hearing in New Jersey scheduled for Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the town of Mercerville.
Wisconsin’s primary was held last Tuesday, with Cruz announced the winner. The California, Montana and New Jersey primaries will be held on June 7, while Pennsylvania’s is April 26. Washington State’s primary is May 24.
In an exclusive interview on Saturday, Williams told The Post & Email that Cruz’s filing deadline in New Jersey was April 4, on which day the Cruz campaign filed the necessary documents. However, Williams reported that Cruz’s name has not yet been placed on the state ballot. He said that of the “half-dozen or so” challenges filed against Cruz’s candidacy on the same grounds in various states, he believes that unlike the plaintiffs in those cases, he can transcend the issue of “standing” as a registered Republican write-in candidate.
In New Jersey, Williams’s challenge was filed on March 28 and a hearing scheduled for April 6.
Of the aforementioned ballot challenges, Williams said:
They have been summarily dismissed on the procedural issue of “standing.” When a voter says, “This injures me,” the courts have said, “That’s not sufficient injury for ‘standing.’ I looked at the situation and asked, “Who would have standing, to go to the court and stand at the bar of the court and say, “I’ve been injured”? The best research I was able to do showed that the party who would have the absolutely best standing is a “competitor candidate” of Mr. Cruz. It’s been recognized in any number of state and federal courts.
I thought to myself, “None of Mr. Cruz’s opponents who have left the field have had the courage or personal initiative to file a lawsuit; I don’t think that either Mr. Trump or Mr. Kasich is going to do that. So is there some way that I could make myself a competitor? I looked at the filing deadlines and realized that I didn’t have the resources or the time to get on the ballot in any of these states, but I did find that I could still, in mid-March, make myself a write-in candidate in at least nine states. So I immediately did that.
For some of the states, it was quite high-pressure. There was a specific form that had to be used; it had to be notarized; I had to take an oath; I had to file it with the Secretary of State in a very formal way by a certain deadline. But that’s good, because that means that the state has to be in correspondence with me by sending me a letter saying, “We’ve received this; you are now officially a write-in candidate. You will not appear on the ballot, but you are formally registered as a candidate.” I was able to do that in a number of later-primary states.
So that’s the basis. In New Jersey, as soon as I was registered as a write-in candidate, I immediately filed a challenge petition asking that Mr. Cruz not be allowed on the ballot. The filing deadline for candidates in New Jersey was April 4, so I had an opposition waiting for Mr. Cruz when he filed his petition that day. It’s very interesting; in New Jersey, in addition to the signatures – and it’s a somewhat low bar with 1,000 signatures required – you are required to formally sign a certificate attesting that you meet the constitutional qualifications for the office, for every office.
Mr. Cruz submitted his 1,000 signatures, and on top of that signature petition, he signed a certificate saying that he is constitutionally qualified.
Williams said that the New Jersey Department of State‘s office has a “very formal petition guideline” instructing potential candidates not to “even bother getting your 1,000 signatures” unless they meet the three presidential eligibility requirements set forth in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. “That’s the interesting thing about New Jersey, where we are right flat in the middle of the filing process. In New York, as you know, a challenge was kicked out because they were a few days late.”
In regard to New Jersey, Williams told us, “I’m a little surprised by the success we had. Immediately, the Secretary of State scheduled a hearing for this coming Monday morning. I filed an amended challenge following a little more research to make a couple of additional points, telling them that I was accepting the hearing date.”
Monday’s hearing will take place at:
Office Of Administrative Law
3444 Quakerbridge Road
Mercerville (Hamilton Twp.), New Jersey 08619
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Williams’s campaign platform includes issues such as “true national security,” combating “worsening world-wide Christian genocide,” and limiting new arrivals in the United States to “legal immigration only.”
In addition to filing ballot challenges, Williams stated that he has “warned each Secretary of State in the nine (9) states where he has lodged Ballot Disqualification Challenges against Ted Cruz that they will be held legally and politically responsible for knowingly disenfranchising their state’s citizens by allowing them to throw their vote away on an illegitimate candidate.”
The Post & Email’s interview with Williams will be continued in an additional article to be published soon.