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Judges Stop Appalling Efforts of Democrats in New Mexico To Keep Three Women Off The Ballot
WASHINGTON, DC (April 6, 2018) – Once again, a New Mexico court ruled yesterday against Democrats and their operatives’ shameless attempt to keep a Republican woman off the New Mexico ballot this year with frivolous lawsuits aimed at rigging the system. Earlier today, a judge rebuked the Democrats’ effort to remove Rep. Kelly Fajardo from the ballot over a typo in her filing paperwork. Yesterday’s ruling follows similar rebukes from courts over the Democrat’s unsuccessful attempts to disqualify Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, a Native American, and Bev Courtney with similar, politically-motivated lawsuits.
“Three times in less than a week, the Democrats and their operatives have unsuccessfully attempted to keep this group of qualified, diverse candidates from seeking public office in New Mexico. It’s a shame that the Democrats and their enablers like Eric Holder and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee have targeted New Mexico for these crass partisan games. When the Democrats can’t win at the ballot box, they will stop at nothing to rig the system,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
On March 30, District Court Judge Karen Townsend ruled that adding a middle initial to the nominating petition did not disqualify the incumbent, Clahchischilliage – of House District 4. On April 2nd, 3rd Judicial District Judge Manuel Arrieta ruled that Bev Courtney’s petition to seek office was valid, and that Courtney stay in the primary election as the lone Republican candidate in the race for the District 37 seat in the state House of Representatives.
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