Georgia voters have appealed to the Fulton County Superior Court after an administrative law judge and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) concluded Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is, in fact, eligible to run for re-election despite her ties to the January 6 violence. An original challenge from those voters targeted Greene’s eligibility on the basis of Constitutional provisions in the 14th Amendment restricting those involved in insurrection from running for office.
As summarized by Free Speech for People, a legal advocacy group participating in the representation of the voters behind the challenge to Greene’s ability to run, there are an array of perceived issues with the administrative law judge’s initial handling of the case. “First, the Georgia Supreme Court has held that the burden of establishing one’s eligibility to run for public office is on the candidate,” Free Speech for People says. “The administrative law judge erred by shifting the burden from the candidate to the voter challengers. Second, the administrative law judge erred in denying the voter challengers’ request for Greene to produce communications and other materials related to her involvement in the January 6 insurrection. Third, the decision did not properly consider Greene’s conduct prior to taking the oath of office which included months of conduct promoting violence.”
The Select Committee has subpoenaed Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, and Mo Brooks for deposition testimony as part of the committee’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes.
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Those targeting the controversial Georgia Republican Congresswoman also highlighted the judge’s apparently faulty working definition for actually engaging in insurrection. Free Speech for People pushed a definition of engagement as “a voluntary effort to assist” what unfolded at the Capitol. Georgia Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot, the judge who handled initial proceedings dealing with the challenge to Greene’s candidacy, originally sent his decision on the matter to Raffensperger on May 6, after which point Raffensperger affirmed the judge’s findings. The Georgia Secretary of State said whether Greene has been disqualified from holding her position in Congress “is rightfully a question for the voters of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.” As reported by a Georgia Fox station, those appealing the conclusion seemingly want it reversed outright or sent back down the local legal food chain for additional proceedings.
The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.
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Greene, meanwhile, is spiraling as dramatically as ever, complaining about — among other things — the Biden administration’s compliance with legal requirements for the care of migrants (including babies) in federal custody, as if the procurement of baby formula for these infants is significantly exacerbating the formula shortage in the U.S. Rather than focusing efforts to fix the shortage elsewhere, Greene is apparently among those who sound like they’d rather see babies from outside the country in federal custody left potentially malnourished via strained supplies of formula. “Baby formula shortages started in July 2021, Joe,” Greene babbled. “And your admin was mindful enough to send pallets of formula to the border for illegals.”
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