Defeated Senate candidate Doyle still the biggest whiner
If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we'd all have a merry Christmas. -- Don Meredith
Former state representative David Doyle is determined to waste a federal judge's time with his latest frivolous lawsuit.
Doyle, a Republican allegedly from Corrales, claims in the lawsuit that he would have defeated Democrat John Sapien last November if only the Sandoval County election system were equipped to handle the crush of GOP voters that turned out.
But Doyle's supporters, discouraged by long lines, gave up and went home, or so he claims in his lawsuit.
"Plaintiff Teresa Fleming, like thousands of other registered voters in Rio Rancho, was effectively prevented from voting due to the long lines and long delays for voters..." Doyle's lawsuit says.
The general idea behind Doyle's mindless litigation is that, because Sandoval County leans Republican, he would have won if Election Night had been smooth and efficient.
Drat. Too bad for Doyle that courts require hard evidence, not squishy speculation. His lawsuit is doomed, just like his unremarkable political career.
What judge is going to overturn what the voters decided because the losing candidate claims his backers had to wait so long that they left the polling site?
Sapien without question could find Democrats who would say the the long lines and general inefficiency caused them to go home without voting. If he were deluded the way Doyle is, Sapien might even offer the exact number of votes he should have had on Election Day.
This is what Doyle does in his lawsuit. He provides an intellectually bankrupt chart purporting that he would have defeated Sapien by 219 votes if not for the dastardly county clerk running such a rank election.
"Absent voter suppression, fraud, or error, and based upon reasonable projections given population growth in Rio Rancho, 1,842 additional voters would have cast ballots, and Doyle would have won the state Senate election 12,607 to 12,388." It's right there in black and white. Doyle's lawsuit says he had the election in the bag.
Why are Doyle's lawyers, Pat Rogers and Paul J. Kennedy, wasting paper with this lawsuit when they could be cleaning up on the stock market and in sports books at every casino in America? These fellows can calculate the impossible -- knowing how people who were not at the polls would have voted. They should be able to pick the hot stock of 2014 and next World Series winner right now, before an opening-day pitch is thrown.
Last December, when Doyle first publicly whined about his defeat, he was party to a lawsuit in state court that sought to have him declared the winner because of the shabby election in Sandoval County. He and his soothsayer lawyers dropped that case, only to return with a federal lawsuit.
This time Doyle wants the 2012 election declared null and void. Then he wants a do-over so he can run against Sapien a second time. This rock-ribbed Republican wants the courts to rescue him from defeat.
No matter that this would amount to legislating from the bench because the judge would have to guess at what might have happened last Nov. 6 at the Rio Rancho polling site.
We're sure Al Gore would have liked another crack at George W. Bush after the disputed presidential election of 2000.
No doubt Samuel J. Tilden, right, thought he won the presidency in 1876 over Rutherford B. Hayes, but the history books say otherwise. Tilden and Gore both won the popular vote but not the electoral college.
Fraud probably kept Tilden out of the White House. He certainly had a better case to make than Doyle ever will.
Still, we say Doyle should get to run in a new election, if that is what he wants. He can do so in 2016, when Sapien's four-year term will expire.
But in Doyle's fantasy world, he is entitled to another election right now. He will tell you he was robbed. He will offer meaningless statistics to win your sympathy because he could not win your votes.
No, Doyle cannot prove a thing, but he wants special treatment anyway.