Question: Is Ron Paul on the ballot in Texas? Wouldn’t he also have to sign an oath to support the Republican nominee if he doesn’t receive it? ~ Lo
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 3
Willie Nelson signs on as co-plaintiff
The Kucinich for President campaign is filing a lawsuit against the Texas Democratic Party to stop the Party from excluding Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich from the Democratic primary election ballot. A co-plaintiff in the lawsuit is legendary entertainer, longtime Kucinich friend, and Texas voter, Willie Nelson.
The state party notified the Kucinich campaign today that its application for a place on the Texas primary ballot was rejected because Kucinich refused to “swear an oath” to “fully support the Democratic nominee for President, whoever that shall be.”
The lawsuit, and an accompanying request for a temporary restraining order, charges that such a “blind loyalty oath” is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Except for Kucinich’s refusal to sign the “blind loyalty oath,” his application fully complies with state and state party requirements, according to the lawsuit.
Nelson issued a statement through the Kucinich campaign explaining his position:
“Dennis Kucinich is a strong defender of the Constitution, the national security, and the civil liberties of the American people. He’s right to challenge a blind loyalty oath to the Democratic Party because it’s un-American. The irony is that the state Party is trying to exclude him from the ballot even though he’s the one Democrat who’s been the most loyal to this country and to what the Democratic Party should stand for. Dennis’s loyalty is to the Constitution of the United States and to the American people — not to the Texas Democratic Party.”
The campaign is awaiting word from the U.S. District Court as to when arguments will be heard for the requested temporary restraining order.
SOURCE Dennis 4 President in 2008!
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