GOP Senator Fights Back: New Bill Against State-Level Presidential Candidate Bans



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

GOP Senator Fights Back: New Bill Against State-Level Presidential Candidate Bans
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Colorado's Secretary of State, Jenna Griswold, has firmly committed to upholding the state Supreme Court's ruling to disqualify former President Donald Trump from appearing on Colorado's 2024 ballot. In an interview with CNN's Pamela Brown on "AC360," Griswold expressed her determination to ensure that only qualified candidates are featured on Colorado ballots, in line with her responsibilities as Secretary of State.

"My job as secretary of state is to make sure that only qualified candidates appear on our ballot,” Griswold stated. Her stance reflects a belief in the legitimacy of the court's decision, despite disagreement from some dissenting justices.

She emphasized the role of the courts in determining whether Trump's actions, which she believes incited the insurrection, disqualify him from holding office under the Constitution.

Griswold further explained, “This is exactly how Colorado law is set up.

Everyday voters can file a lawsuit to have a court weigh in”.

Her comments underscore the democratic process in Colorado that allows for judicial intervention in electoral matters.

Contrasting Views and Legislative Responses

However, this decision has not been without its critics.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis announced his intention to introduce legislation aimed at preventing states from disqualifying presidential candidates on constitutional grounds, arguing that such matters should be exclusively decided by the U.S.

Supreme Court. Tillis's proposed legislation, known as the "Constitutional Election Integrity Act," emerges in direct response to the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling regarding Trump and the 14th Amendment's "insurrectionist ban." He criticized the involvement of "left-wing activists" and "partisan state officials" in the decision-making process, asserting that American voters should have the ultimate say in electing the President.

Despite Tillis's push for this legislation, its future remains uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is unlikely to bring this bill to the Senate floor, reflecting the ongoing partisan divide over electoral integrity and the qualifications of presidential candidates.

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