If you can’t beat ‘em, forbid them from being on the ticket seems to be the mantra of disgruntled Democrats who filed a lawsuit attempting to ban Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from running for office again in the midterms.
Ironically, the name of the organization that filed the lawsuit is Free Speech for People, which refers to itself as an election and campaign finance reform organization.
The lawsuit was filed despite the fact that a federal judge recently blocked a similar complaint against Rep. Madison Cawthorn.
USA Today reports the legal complaint was filed last week with Georgia’s Secretary of State office and argues that Greene is not eligible to run again for office because she is in violation of the 14th amendment.
The 14th Amendment states that no member of Congress “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”
The complaint states that…
“Before, on, and after January 6, 2021, Greene voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power, disqualifying her from serving as a Member of Congress.”
“While private citizens discussing the overthrow of the government over a few beers does not amount to engaging in insurrection, when a Member of Congress publicly encourages her supporters to engage in insurrection, as the evidence shows Greene did, she has provided ‘useful’ support to the insurrection and therefore engaged in insurrection,” the lawsuit said.
According to the Conservative Brief, Representative Greene spoke out against but seemed unfazed by the lawsuit:
“This is the same evil playbook the dishonest Communist Democrats use against President Trump and his family. Now they are using it on me, because they know I’m effective and will not bow to the DC machine.”
Greene continued: “As I’ve said many times before, I’m vehemently opposed to all forms of political violence,” she said. “I’ve never encouraged political violence and never will.”
Regarding the dismissal of a similar complaint against Rep. Cawthorn, Rob Fein, the legal director of Free Speech For People, said: “The ruling must be reversed on appeal, and the right of voters to bring this challenge to Cawthorn’s eligibility must be preserved.”
USA Today reports that Indiana’s State Election Commission also rejected an effort to “remove Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) from the ballot over allegations Banks supported the Capitol riot.”
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