Advertisement
Trending

Obama Judge Signals Challenge To Keep MTG Off Ballot Likely to Proceed

Advertisement

OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


A federal judge suggested that a legal challenge to keep Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green off the ballot ahead of November’s midterm elections may proceed.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg of the Northern District of Georgia, an Obama appointee, suggested that she could allow the challenge to move forward, saying in a hearing that she had “significant questions and concerns” about another federal judge’s decision in North Carolina to block a similar challenge against North Carolina GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn.

The decision could likely come down this week.

Advertisement

“The state-level challenge to Greene’s fitness for office comes from a group of voters in Georgia, who claim that she is not fit to hold political office due to her alleged aiding of the Capitol rioters. The challenge from this group has received the backing of various left-wing activists and constitutional experts. In response, Greene filed a counter lawsuit in a higher federal court, calling for the legal challenge to be dismissed, according to CNN. The Georgia representative will seek reelection in the state’s 14th District in the midterm elections this November,” Newsweek reported.

“Two days after Totenberg’s expected ruling, a state-level judge is scheduled to address the issues at the heart of the challenge against Greene: whether or not she aided Capitol insurrectionists, and if so, whether or not that fact should disqualify her from holding political office, CNN reported. Aiding or participating in an insurrection against the U.S. government disqualifies citizens from holding office under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution,” the report added.

James Bopp Jr., Greene’s attorney, has dismissed the lawsuit against his client as “50 pages of newspaper articles, hearsay, and political hyperbole,” CNN reported.

Bopp, who himself leans conservative, also warned during the court hearing on Friday that a ruling against Green could eventually lead to challenges against Trump’s fitness for office.

The suit, filed with assistance from the left-wing group Free Speech For People, cited Greene’s comments leading up to then-President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in which she accused him and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of treason.

Advertisement

“It’s rare for any conspirator, let alone a member of Congress, to publicly admit that the goals of their actions are preventing a peaceful transfer of power and the death of the president-elect and speaker of the House, but that’s exactly what Marjorie Taylor Greene did,” Ron Fein, legal director for Free Speech For People, claimed a statement, however.

“The Constitution disqualifies from public office any elected officials who aided the insurrection, and we look forward to asking Representative Greene about her involvement under oath,” Fein continued.

Back to top button