POLITICO: Capitol Hill to Newt’s Rescue

Can anyone else feel the Astroturf between their toes?  Don’t be fooled by the title… 

Paul Goldman, a Richmond lawyer who is a former Virginia Democratic party chairman, is helping represent a conservative group in challenging Newt Gingrich’s disqualification from the Old Dominion ballot on March 6, Super Tuesday.

Bill Pascoe, executive vice president of Citizens for the Republic, said: “We are teaming up with former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman to make sure the voters of the Commonwealth have a fair and transparent presidential primary process.

“A website will be up within the week.”

Here is the complete release:

Virginia Presidential Ballot Certification Challenged

Citizens for the Republic Executive Vice President Bill Pascoe today announced that CFTR will work with former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman to ensure that Virginia’s March 6 GOP presidential primary offers the Republican voters of the Commonwealth a fair and honest election, where they can vote for the candidate of their choice.

So who is this “Citizens for the Republic” again?  Quick… to the interwebs!

Chairman: Craig Shirley
Craig Shirley is a Reagan biographer, having written two critically acclaimed books on Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 campaigns. He is a longtime advisor to conservative causes and noted lecturer, having spoken at the Reagan Library, Eureka College and the Reagan Ranch Center Santa Barbara. It was Shirley’s idea to resurrect Reagan’s CFTR.

Executive Vice President: Bill Pascoe
Bill Pascoe is a longtime political and communications advisor to candidates and conservative causes, including service at The Heritage Foundation, Krieble Associates, and the American Conservative Union. His blog at BillPascoe.net has been praised by activists, scholars, and journalists for its insightful analysis.

Secretary: Cleta Mitchell
Cleta Mitchell is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s Political Law Practice. With more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises corporations, nonprofit and issue organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure.

Treasurer: Diana Banister
Diana Banister is the Vice President of the widely respected Shirley & Banister Public Affairs and is today considered to be one of the most influential women in the conservative movement and the New Media.

Shirley & Bannister, for those familiar with the Capitol Hill set, is a very well known public relations firm in Washington, D.C.

Cleta Mitchell, for those with long memories, was general counsel for RPV while Jeff Frederick was chairman.

Now add in a former DPVA Chairman, and does everyone see how the game is being played?  Romney is unacceptable, Paul is too much of an outsider.  So… Gingrich (and you’ll note — not Perry, but Gingrich) needs a card played on his behalf.

See how the wagons circle on a Monday evening?