Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Cawthorn Sues NC Election Board Over Reelection Challenge

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC-11th District), filed the Federal Lawsuit, is Suing Members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, who allege that he is Ineligible for Reelection because his Involvement at a Jan. 6, 2021.

He attended the White House Rally that “amounted to an insurrection.” He spoke at a Rally before Rioters stormed the Capitol. Trump, whose speech headlined that Rally, urged Attendees to March on the Capitol, told them to “be strong” and said that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”

Cawthorn Filed for Candidacy in the State’s 13th Congressional District last month. 11 Voters claimed Cawthorn's Speech Violated the 14th Amendment, which Disallows People who "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" from running for Congress.

"As set forth in our complaint, the publicly available evidence, including Representative Cawthorn's own statements and reports that he or his office coordinated with the January 6 organizers, establish reasonable suspicion that Representative Cawthorn aided the insurrection, thereby disqualifying him from federal office. We look forward to asking him about his involvement under oath," said Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People.

"Running for office is not only a great privilege, it is a right protected under the Constitution," Cawthorn said in a Statement. "I love this country and have never engaged in, or would ever engage in, an insurrection against the United States. Regardless of this fact, the Disqualification clause and North Carolina's Challenge Statute is being used as a weapon by liberal Democrats to attempt to defeat our democracy by having state bureaucrats, rather than the People, choose who will represent North Carolina in Congress."

The Lawsuit takes issue with a State Law that says someone's Ability to Run for Congress can be Challenged based only on a Reasonable Suspicion or belief that the Facts of the Challenge may be true.

Among other things, the Lawsuit asks the Court to declare the Challenge Unconstitutional "because its 'reasonable suspicion' standard is insufficient justification to trigger a government investigation" and to "declare that the burden shifting provision of the Challenge Statute is unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because it requires Rep. Cawthorn to prove a negative."

Cawthorn Voted against Certifying President Biden's Victory, but he also ultimately signed a Letter with other Republican Lawmakers Congratulating him on the Win.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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