As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, there is a legal challenge underway that could knock incumbent Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn off of the June Primary ballot if successful:
A lawsuit filed Tuesday by five Republican voters is asking a judge to remove U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn from the 5th Congressional District’s GOP primary ballot, alleging petition circulators hired by Lamborn didn’t meet legal requirements to gather signatures for his campaign.
The lawsuit, filed in Denver District Court, claims Lamborn fell more than 400 signatures short of the 1,000 needed to qualify for the June primary. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said last week that Lamborn had submitted 1,269 valid signatures.
The highlight of this story, however, might just be this completely weird response from Lamborn’s campaign:
In a statement, Lamborn’s campaign dismissed the lawsuit’s argument.
“The campaign for Lamborn for Congress stands by the determination of the Secretary of State’s office that the signatures are sufficient,” a campaign spokesperson who refused to give his or her name wrote in a text message to Colorado Politics. [Pols emphasis]
Well, okay then.