Republicans Trying to Get Tancredo Thrown Off Ballot

As Eli Stokols at “Fox 31” reports:

Lawyers will meet Tuesday afternoon to schedule preliminary hearings on a suit that aims to keep Tom Tancredo’s name off the November ballot…

…The lawsuit, filed in Denver Tuesday morning by voters from Highlands Ranch and Golden, challenges the certification Friday of Tancredo on the November ballot by arguing that he switched parties too late…

…”Tancredo and Miller’s last-minute nominations are the result of, in the Tancredo campaign’s own words, ‘inter-party squabling’,” the lawsuit states. “Tancredo’s ACP nomination is nothing more or less than a failed gambit to force the duly nominated Republican candidate for Governor, Dan Maes, to withdraw his candidacy.

The plaintiffs are Joe Harrington, a voter from Highlands Ranch, and Marian Olson, a voter from Golden.

They emphasized that they were filing this action to challenge the ballot certification in their individual capacity only, and not on behalf of any candidate, political party, or other organization.

Marian Olson is a wealthy Jefferson County Republican well known in Golden for regular attempts at suing the city for one thing or another (she was also a prime backer of the failed recall election attempt in Golden in 2009).

Olson initially filed an action in Jefferson County District Court last Friday asking the court to remove Tancredo from the general election ballot. District Court Judge Tamara Russel held a hearing Friday afternoon in which The Colorado Attorney General’s office, representing the Secretary of State, argued that the case was improperly filed in Jefferson County because under the venue rules, the Secretary of State can only be sued in Denver District Court.  The Secretary of State also argued that Tancredo and the American Constitution Party must be parties to the action. Judge Russel ruled only on the venue issue and ordered the case transferred to Denver District Court, where it is being discussed today.

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  1. The Bob Hatter says:

    Joseph Harrington was very against charges being throw at Dan Maes with the whole campaign finance violations due to technicalities. I know it’s apples and oranges but it is amusing.  

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    Tie this to some Republicans who tried to force Maes out last week. Show us the depths of their flip-flopping desperation.

  3. BlueCat says:

    Pass the popcorn. If I thought Dems could ever be this organized I’d suspect the Dem party to be behind evrything from the  McInnis melt down through the Tancredo throw down and finally stuff like this.  In a tough election year what more could we in Colorado want?  Have another super nice day, Wadhams.

  4. droll says:

    I guess.  Right now the counties basically have to start work on printing because of MOVE (check out how I read that article), that I get, but what happens if this suit doesn’t move fast enough and ballots are actually printed?

    I’m really wondering about a couple of things:

    1. How much could this suit end up costing the state?  I would never put a Constitutional right before money, but always wonder about Republicans and wasting money.  So if anyone knows…

    2. More importantly, is it possible that Tancredo could end up ineligible to run, but on some or all ballots anyway?  Would every county have to match?  Or is there a cutoff that would have to be observed?  Like let’s say a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs wasn’t made until ballots had actually been mailed to troops.  Is that possible?

    Idle questions for a few reasons.  I’m really just curious.

    • RedGreen says:

      in the Republican primary for governor in 2006 — when Holtzy’s name was on the ballot but a court ruling after the certification told clerks not to count his votes.

      I’m not sure there’s a Constitutional right involved — the right not to be given a choice on your ballot? But if the plaintiff’s are correct, following state law should trump any incidental costs to defend against the lawsuit. Those Republicans sure do like their activist judges sometimes, don’t they?

    • SSG_Dan says:

      ,,,and it HAS to be within 45 days of the election, or the State gets hit hard by by the Feds.

      Why do Repubs hate the troops so much? Are they trying to disenfranchise them?

    • Ralphie says:

      But he is no longer a candidate, either due to disqualification or withdrawal, a vote for him will be considered an undervote.

  5. ohwilleke says:

    contains the very language authorizing nomination of someone who hasn’t been an ACP member for the past twelve months that they alleged in their lawsuit that it lacks.  This is a DOA lawsuit.

  6. Half Glass Full says:

    How in the world can a suit like this legitimately proceed without having Tancredo and the ACP as parties?

    It would be a travesty to have Tancredo thrown off the ballot by virtue of a lawsuit in which he isn’t even participating.

    Move over, Orly Taitz.  

    • Barron X says:


      This lawsuit boils down to trying to uphold the rights of ACP members, filed by folks who would do anything they could to frustrate the desires of those same party members.  

      This is frivolous.  They should be ordered to pay punitive damages.


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