Friday, April 8, 2022

Legal Effort Expands To Disqualify Republicans As Insurrectionists

A Legal effort to Disqualify from Re-Election Lawmakers who participated in Events surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Attack on the Capitol, Expanded on Thursday, when a cluster of Voters and a Progressive Group, filed Suit against Three Elected Officials in Arizona, to bar them under the 14th Amendment from running again.

Three separate Candidacy Challenges were filed in Superior Court, in Maricopa County, Arizona, by Voters and the Progressive group, Free Speech for People, targeted Reps Paul Gosar (R-4th District), Andy Biggs (R-5th District), and State Rep. Mark Finchem (R-11th District), who is running for Arizona Secretary of State with Trump’s endorsement.

It was unclear whether the Challenges would go anywhere. An initial skirmish, also led by Free Speech for People, Failed to block Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s (R-11th District) Candidacy in North Carolina.

But they are the latest bids to find a way to punish Members of Congress who have encouraged or made Common Cause with those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6th.

In all Three Suits, the Plaintiffs claim that the Politicians are Disqualified from seeking Office, because their support for Rioters who attacked the Capitol made them “insurrectionists” under the Constitution, and therefore barred them under the little-known Third section of the 14th Amendment, adopted during Reconstruction to punish Members of the Confederacy.

James Bopp Jr., a Conservative Election Lawyer who is defending Mr. Cawthorn, said the groups ultimately could take action against as many as 24 Republican Lawmakers, hoping to establish some Legal precedent for trying to bar Trump from the Presidential Ballot in 2024. And with enough Test Cases, One might succeed.

“Judges do make a difference,” he said.

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