ATLANTA (AP) — A group of Georgia voters is challenging the eligibility of US Representative Marjorie Taylor Green to run for re-election, saying she helped facilitate the riots that forced Congress to overthrow Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Obstructed from authenticating.
The challenge, filed Thursday in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, says it is being brought by a group of registered voters in Greene’s congressional district. It alleges that Greene, a Republican, is ineligible under the 14th Amendment, stating that “before, on and after January 6, 2021, Greene voluntarily obtained aid and obstructed the peaceful transfer of the presidency.” rebelled for, disqualifying him from serving as a member of Congress.”
The 14th Amendment states that no one may serve in Congress “whoever was previously sworn in as a member of Congress . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall indulge in rebellion or rebellion against the same ” Confirmed shortly after the Civil War, it was meant to keep delegates who had fought for the Confederacy from returning to Congress.
Greene forcefully dismissed the challenge in an emailed statement, saying she was being targeted because she “is dominant and will not bow down to the DC machine.”
“I have never and never will encourage political violence,” she said.
Voters are represented by Free Speech for People, a national election and campaign finance reform group that has filed a similar challenge against US Representative Madison Cawthorne in North Carolina that has been blocked by a federal judge.
But a federal appeals court last week opened the possibility for voters to participate in a Republican congressional lawsuit challenging Cawthorne’s candidacy, which was filed against state election officials and its legal argument. Gave why their activities of January 6 should be probed.
In Indiana, the state election commission last month rejected an attempt to remove Republican US Representative Jim Banks from the ballot after a Democratic challenger alleged that Banks had violated the Constitution by supporting the Capitol rebellion. A lawyer for the banks argued that the allegations were baseless.
Georgia’s complaint cites tweets and statements made by Greene before, during and after the riots. It says that she either helped plan the riot or planned the riot and/or the demonstration held before the march on the Capitol, knowing that it was “highly likely to lead to an attack, and otherwise voluntarily assisted the rebellion.”
“While private citizens discussing the overthrow of the government over some beer do not amount to joining a rebellion, when a member of Congress publicly encourages his supporters to join the rebellion, as evidenced by Turns out that Green did, he has provided ‘useful’ support for the rebellion and therefore engaged in the rebellion,” the complaint says.
Georgia law states that any voter who is eligible to vote for a candidate may file a written complaint challenging the candidate’s qualifications within two weeks, which was March 11, the qualification deadline. The secretary of state must then notify the candidate of the challenge and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. After the hearing, the administrative law judge presents the findings to the secretary of state, who will then determine whether the candidate is eligible.
Free Speech for People said in a news release that the challengers intended to issue a summons to Greene and take his statement under oath as part of the process.
Associated Press writer Gary D. in Raleigh, North Carolina. Robertson contributed to this report.