Atlanta, GA – On Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene appealed a decision issued by a federal judge, who denied her previous request for injunction against an attempt to keep her off the ballot for the upcoming primary election. This injunction would prohibit officials in the State of Geogia from hearing challenges, brought by several Georgia voters, against her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Recently, a group of Challengers filed a complaint with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, attempting to disqualify Rep. Greene from running for Congress. They alleged that Rep. Greene does not meet the federal constitutional requirements for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives because she “voluntarily aided and engaged in an insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power.” Rep. Greene vigorously denies that she aided or engaged in insurrection, she condemned the attack of the Capitol on January 6th, and her suit sought to enjoin officials in the State of Georgia from employing unconstitutional and unlawful provisions of Georgia election law and the Disqualification Clause of the 14th Amendment to remove her from the ballot as a Candidate.
Rep. Greene filed this lawsuit, making several claims that the Georgia law which allows voters to challenge candidacies violates her constitutional rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, and this particular type of challenge to her candidacy has been prohibited by federal law. Based upon this unconstitutional law and the administrative procedure it provides (which has been proceeding simultaneously with the federal litigation), Rep. Greene is faced with the potential of being removed from the ballot by Sec. Raffensperger with less than a month to go before the primary election, or being found to be disqualified after having won the primary election.
Rep. Greene could lose her right to run for office and her supporters would lose their right to vote for her because the Georgia law allowed five voters in her district to prevent her from running for office in the first place. Opposing a candidate you disagree with is one thing—using the political system to prevent that same candidate from running is quite another. If political operatives are able to use a quasi-judicial process, thick with constitutional and legal defects, to select who their favored candidate will have to run against, then our Representative Republic is in real danger.
“It is a great honor and privilege to run for office, and it is also a right protected under the Constitution,” said Rep. Greene. “I love this country, have never engaged in, or would ever engage in, an insurrection against the United States and I have condemned the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Regardless of this fact, liberal Democrats attempted to defeat democracy by having state bureaucrats, rather than the People, choose who will represent Georgia's 14th District in Congress. The group behind the challenge to my candidacy promised to bring many such challenges—and they have begun to do so all across the country. By bringing this suit, I defended not only my rights, but the right of the People to democratically elect their representatives and the rights of other candidates who may be subjected to such tactics.”
“Georgia's law clearly violates constitutional and federal law as applied to Rep. Greene,” said James Bopp, Jr., of The Bopp Law Firm, lead counsel for Rep. Greene. “And Rep. Greene did not participate in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, but in fact condemned it. We will continue to fight so that the People of Georgia's 14th Congressional District will be the final voice to pick their Representative, not state bureaucrats in Atlanta.”
Finally, Bopp said that “Rep Greene is just one of the first victims of the liberal Democrat group behind this, Free Speech for People, that plans to roll out this scurrilous charge against perhaps two dozen member of Congress and ultimately President Trump if he runs for election in 2024. This is Russia Hoax 2.0.”