It was reported that an Arizona judge has ruled against efforts from liberals to disqualify two House Republicans and a state representative off the November ballot.
The judge ruled against removing Arizona GOP Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs as well as state Republican Rep. Mark Finchem over their alleged involvement at the U.S. Capitol last January.
“Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury said in his ruling Friday that because GOP Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs and state Republican Rep. Mark Finchem are elected officials removing them from the ballot over the 14th Amendment’s Disqualification Clause require congressional action – not a suit brought by private citizens in a state court,” The Epoch Times reported.
“The express language of the United States Constitution controls this issue. The Disqualification Clause creates a condition where someone can be disqualified from serving in public office.
However, the Constitution provides that legislation enacted by Congress is required to enforce the disqualification pursuant to the Disqualification Clause,” Coury ruled.
“Aside from criminal statutes dealing with insurrection and rebellion which Congress has enacted (lawsuits which require the government, not private citizens, to initiate), Congress has not passed legislation that is presently in effect which enforces the Disqualification Clause against the candidates,” Coury said.
The ruling could foreshadow the outcome of a similar case against Georgia GOP Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene, who is facing a similar lawsuit from liberals to have her removed from November’s ballot.
Earlier this month, an Obama-appointed federal judge allowed a liberal lawsuit aimed at disqualifying Greene from running for re-election over her alleged role at the U.S. Capitol last January.
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“The challenge to Greene’s candidacy was mounted by a group of five voters from her congressional district who argued she is ineligible to run for federal office under a provision of the 14th Amendment that was ratified after the Civil War and meant to keep former Confederate officers and officials from holding public office again,” CBS News reported.
“In a challenge filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in late March, the voters argued Greene voluntarily aided and engaged in the January 6 insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power, thereby disqualifying her from serving as a member of Congress under the constitutional provision,” the report continued.