WASHINGTON – A federal judge in Georgia is authorizing a challenging lawsuit Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s standing for re-election to advance.
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg on Monday denied Georgia Republicans’ request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary order to stop the lawsuit. Free Speech for People, an election and campaign finance reform organization, filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of a group of state voters, accusing Greene of facilitating January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Indicates a 14th Amendment provision that prohibits anyone from “participating in insurrection or rebellion” from running for federal or state office, the lawsuit alleges. Greene ineligible to run because she was involved in obstructing the presidential transition, in part due to her rhetoric challenging the election results.
Greene sought to derail her own lawsuit this month, saying she “strongly denies that she ‘supported and participated in the uprising to impede the transition of presidential power. a peaceful way’.”
Greene also thinks the lawsuit won’t be resolved in time for the May 24 primaries.
Totenberg, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, wrote that after “thorough analysis of the evidentiary and legal issues presented in this complex matter concerning the legal questions unresolved, the court found that the plaintiff did not carry his burden to establish the possibility of success in terms of legal validity in this case.”
The ruling will allow a state administrative judge to hear the challenge against Greene on Friday.
Greene’s office and her attorney did not immediately return requests for comment on Tuesday.
“Rarely has an instigator, let alone a member of Congress, openly admitted that the goal of their actions was to prevent the peaceful transfer of power and the death of the president.” elected and Speaker of the House, but that is exactly what Marjorie Taylor Greene did,” said Free Speech For People’s legal director, Ron Fein, in a statement. “The Constitution excludes any any elected official who supported the uprising, and we look forward to asking Representative Greene about her involvement under oath.”