Ask anyone if the name Randall Terry signifies anything to them, and the answer will more than likely be no.
Ask that same person if the name “Operation Rescue” brings anything to mind, and they will most likely be more than aware of it – and the intimidating, or what some call terroristic, tactics used by the group in their jihad against a woman’s right to choose.
Now, apparently no longer content with the circus-like atmosphere characterizing the unending battle for the GOP presidential nomination, Randall Terry, the founder of “Operation Rescue,” has left his natural bailiwick on the fringes of the Republican Party and cynically switched over to the Democrats to “seek” the party’s presidential nomination, in what he calls an effort to “wound” the sitting President.
And now, the travelling road show has set its sights on Wyoming.
Terry’s “campaign” has even placed Colorado Springs-based robo-calls – in clear violation of Wyoming Statute – to Christian Fundamentalists, Tea Party types, and others who share his anti-choice views, urging them to temporarily re-register as Democrats and attend the party’s caucuses in April. Thus, by supporting his candidacy in a year in which caucus turnout is expected to be extraordinarily low, they could attempt to weaken the party from within.
The practiced was ordered stopped by the Elections Division of the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.
Wyoming is not the first state in which the anti-choice fringe has attempted to cause consternation this year. The effort has already met with minimal successes, as Terry garnered one delegate in the Oklahoma caucuses at the beginning of March. However he was stripped of the delegate when it was discovered that the paperwork declaring the Terry candidacy was improperly filed.
Wyoming Democrats, at both the county and state levels, are endeavoring to avoid the sort of embarrassment faced by the Oklahoma Democrats.
In an email sent out by the Laramie County Democratic Party on March 30th, the party called for all registered Democrats to resoundingly defeat Terry’s sham candidacy by showing up at the caucuses on April 14th.
“While the GOP continues to play games with politics, Wyoming Democrats are focused on addressing real problems citizens in our great state face, and we will not be distracted by jesters or fools,” the email reads in part.
Wyoming Democratic Party Executive Director Robin van Ausdall also had some stern words for Terry.
“He has proven himself disdainful of the small-d democratic process – and he is not a real candidate for any office,” she said. “We would never stop a legitimate Democrat from running for office – but since he is not, he will not be awarded any delegates. Let him threaten with exploring legal remedies… It amazes me that somebody who has so little respect for the law would be seeking out legal remedies.”
“He is a single-issue extremist whose candidacy will go over like a lead balloon,” she concluded.