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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Disqualification of John Rust

Yesterday the Indiana Electoral Commission voted to remove John Rust, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, from the primary ballot. Rust ran afoul of a state law that says a person cannot run in a primary without either voting in one of the past two party primary elections or being certified by the county party chair where the person/candidate resides. Rust did neither.

A state is disqualifying a candidate for national office without an Act of Congress. Stop the press! Even worse, a state is adding to the qualifications listed in the Constitution for a U.S. Senator. Where's the outrage? I'm sure that Rust will obtain prompt review in the United States Supreme Court, which will rule that states cannot disqualify candidates for national office and disenfranchise their voters. 

P.S. The Commission ruled (3-1) that Donald Trump was eligible for the ballot.

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on February 27, 2024 at 07:56 PM | Permalink


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