Republicans just love playing games with Democratic voters, and even their candidates, too. One of their favorite pastimes is to see how many Democratic voters they can remove from the voting rolls. They also love to challenge Democratic candidates in court to see if they can keep them from running for office. Well, their games came right back around and bit them on the keister today, after Colorado’s Supreme Court knocked six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn from his party’s primary this summer.
The court ruled that his reelection team didn’t collect enough valid voter signatures for him to qualify for the race. The funny thing about the whole affair though, is that it wasn’t Democrats who screwed up his chances, it was other Republicans who did him in.
Candidates have to collect at least 1000 voter signatures to be eligible to have their names placed on the ballot. The people who collect the signatures must be residents of the state. So Lamborn hired people to go out and collect those signatures for him, unfortunately for him though, he never checked the addresses of the people he hired. Thus, five Republican voters in Lamborn’s district filed a lawsuit claiming that seven of the people who collected signatures on Lamborn’s behalf were not Colorado residents.
Colorado’s Republican secretary of state, Wayne Williams, had approved Lamborn’s ballot petition on March 29, and a Denver district judge ruled April 10 that Lamborn could stay on the ballot. Luckily for the rest of the country, Colorado’s Supreme Court actually made the lower court follow the law, so now we won’t be saddled with Lamborn’s extremist ideology in Congress anymore
Today The Washington Post wrote,
‘A staunch conservative, Lamborn voted to cut taxes as a Colorado lawmaker, and again in Congress when he helped to pass the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He has long advocated going to great lengths – including a government shutdown – to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And in 2010, the National Journal, a conservative magazine, named him the most conservative member of Congress.’
It’s absolutely amazing when the rats turn on themselves. When they do that the rest of us come out ahead.
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