#UnravelTheSweater: Santorum’s Lack of Executive Experience Manifests in Ohio — Where it Counts (or not)

****** Remember Rick Santorum’s inability to qualify for the Virginia ballot (Newt Gingrich’s home state where he too is ineligble)? He also failed to file full delegate slates in Ohio (huge), Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Illinois!

Executive leadership and organizational skills matter.

Santorum failed to qualify to receive committed delegates in several Ohio congressional districts next Tuesday. Critical to Santorum is the fact that many of these “disqualified” districts are geographically located where Santorum is expected to do well Tuesday.

Oh Well

This is just more evidence of Santorum’s lack of leadership ability, organization know-how, and preparation. I wonder how all these shortcomings would fare against the Obama campaign machine?

Michael Falcone at ABC News’ THE NOTE broke the story yesterday afternoon:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even if Rick Santorum wins Ohio on Super Tuesday, he won’t be able to claim all of its delegates. In fact, he is at risk of forfeiting more than one-quarter of them.

In three of the state’s 16 congressional districts, including two that are near Ohio’s border with Pennsylvania, Santorum will lose any delegates he might have won because his campaign failed to meet the state’s eligibility requirements months ago.

Those three districts alone take 9 delegates out of a total of 66 off the table for Santorum.
But it gets worse: Nine more Ohio delegates may also be in jeopardy.

Sources say that in six other congressional districts — the third, fourth, eighth, tenth, twelfth and sixteenth — Santorum submitted fewer names than required to be eligible for all three delegates up-for-grabs in each district.

That means even if he wins in those places, he might not be able to receive the full contingent of delegates.

In the three districts where Santorum did not submit a delegate slate at all, he will not be able to receive any delegates. In the six where he submitted only a partial slate, he is eligible to be awarded only the number of delegates he submitted, assuming he wins a particular district.
What’s clear is that Santorum will be competing in Ohio on Tuesday handicapped by the fact that he is ineligible to receive nine delegates and perhaps as many as nine more, or more than one-quarter of the state’s delegates.

Worse yet, some of these problem districts are in areas of the state where Santorum is expected to do well. The sixth congressional district, for example, hugs Ohio’s eastern border with West Virginia and Pennsylvania — the state Santorum represented in Congress. The thirteenth district, which includes Akron, is nearby.

Notably, Santorum plans to spend election night in old steel town of Steubenville, Ohio, located in the sixth district, even though he has no chance of collecting any of the district’s three delegates.

The bar to file what’s known in election parlance as a “full slate of delegates” in each district was not particularly high. Candidates were required to submit the names of three delegates and three alternates per district.
And as the Republican nominating contest becomes as much a battle for delegates as it is for momentum, Santorum’s difficulties in Ohio offer another window into the organizational challenges his campaign has faced throughout the primary season.

*********Here is where the whining starts by the Santorum campaign — the same organization that was charged with getting it right with these congressional districts (as well as getting qualified on the Virginia ballot and securing 100% contingent of delegates in Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Illinois):

“The attempt by the establishment to to deceive the voters of Ohio and further their hand-picked candidate will be met with resistance on Tuesday. I want to be clear, Rick Santorum’s name will appear on every ballot in the state of Ohio and every vote cast will go towards his At-Large Delegate Allocation,” Santorum campaign communications director Hogan Gidley told ABC News. “As it relates to individual Congressional Districts, it’s clear we aren’t the establishment hand-picked candidate and back in December we were a small effort focused on Iowa. Now that we’ve won several states obviously much has changed and we feel confident that we will do well in both the delegate and popular vote count on Tuesday.”

Let’s cut through the fog here:

Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said that the Santorum campaign’s shortcomings in the state was a sign of weakness.

“Rick Santorum has failed to get on the ballot in Virginia, has failed to file full delegate slates in Tennessee, New Hampshire and Illinois, and has failed to submit enough delegates in several Ohio congressional districts,” Williams said in a statement. “The fact that he cannot execute the simple tasks that are required to win the Republican nomination proves that Rick Santorum is incapable of taking on President Obama’s formidable political machine.”

Santorum’s leadership weakness along with his lack of organizational skills were also reported here:

Politico — Maggie Haberman

Clevelend.com — Stephen Koff, The Plain Dealer

The two weakest leaders (as to organizational skills and leadeship) of the four remaining candidates are Santorum and Gingrich. Why would we nominate one of them to take the lead against Obama?

Rick Santorum probably had this in mind before he decided to enter the Republican race:

“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” — Robert Louis Stevenson


Victor Lundquist

Victor is a businessman working in the healthcare industry. He and his wife of 33 years have five children and four grandchildren. Vic has been blogging for Mitt Romney since 2007.
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3 Responses to #UnravelTheSweater: Santorum’s Lack of Executive Experience Manifests in Ohio — Where it Counts (or not)

  1. lsgundlach says:

    Santorum is a man with no executive experience (lawyer, Congressmen, Senator, lawyer) and it appears very little organizational ability. To select him over the most qualified Presidential candidate in a generation would be a disaster for the Republican party and the nation as a whole.

  2. Abe in TX says:

    Wow, Vic, this is stunning.

    When Santorum and Gingrich failed to even get on the ballot in Virginia, it was obvious that they’re playing in the wrong league. But now, with Ohio apparently representing Santorum’s last real chance to get back in the game, we see him go and make the same fundamental oversight there. It’s inexcusable.

    In the last debate, Ron Paul attacked Santorum saying he was “a fake”. I thought the accusation lacked class and wasn’t entirely accurate. Evidently what he should have said was “is this guy for real?”, because even Ralph Nader managed to get on the ballot in all 50 states.

    On the campaign’s reaction: the attempt to blame the ref (“you’re just doing this because we’re not the hand-picked candidate of the establishment”) is unbecoming. Sure refs make mistakes once in a while. But it’s not their fault if you forget to bring your cleats to the game.

    I really like Santorum, but he just keeps demonstrating for us that he doesn’t belong in this arena.

  3. cindy says:

    I think this failure to qualify in so many counties in so many states speaks glaringly of the kind of organization Santorum is heading up. If he cannot organize his campaign staff to accomplish published requirements for state election law, why should we assume he will be more efficient in running the behemoth federal government? The fact is, his lack of executive experience scares me to death-he is no more qualified to be POTUS than obama was, and we all see where that has gotten America. I have been saying since 08, it is imperative that we start electing candidates with business experience to all levels of government; obviously there is a HUGE void in understanding economics by the majority of elected officials of both parties, or we would not be where we are today. Being a community organizer does not cut it; being a legislator does not cut it; being a lawyer does not cut it. We need people who understand business, who have successfully run businesses if we expect our country to be run like a business and remain solvent. Everyone of us who runs their household budget successfully knows that our country cannot stay solvent with the government living on a credit card. My intuition tells me that Romney will be an awesome president.