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Lawsuit aims to prevent an ex-candidate from running for governor

A lawsuit seeks to remove Michigan gubernatorial hopeful Ryan Kelley

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A lawsuit aims to remove Ryan Kelley, a candidate for governor of Michigan, from the ballot due to his alleged involvement in the Capitol disturbance on January 6.

According to a lawsuit brought by a Michigan voter and supported by the liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan, Kelley should be disqualified from running for office because he “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” in violation of the 14th Amendment. Kelley pleaded not guilty last week to four misdemeanor charges connected to the Capitol riot.

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It’s really quite easy. According to Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, “you should not have the privilege of holding — or even vying for — public office if you supported and participated in the January 6 rebellion. There must be responsibility, whether it was Ryan Kelley or another person who entered the Capitol illegally and attempted to overthrow the decision of the people.

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According to court documents, Kelley, who has been leading in some polls for the five-person primary contest, has been charged with breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, deliberately damaging property, and knowingly committing an act of violence.

Many of those offenses are punishable by up to a year in prison and fines of about $100,000. He has said that he was only exercising his First Amendment rights and that “no crime was committed.”

This is an action to bar Ryan Kelley from running for governor on the November 8, 2022, general election ballot because he has “engaged in rebellion” in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and is consequently ineligible to do so. He poses a clear and present risk to Michigan’s democracy, according to the lawsuit.

The Michigan Court of Appeals was the venue for the lawsuit. According to the Detroit Free Press, the plaintiff Lee Estes has already given money to Democrats like governor Gretchen Whitmer and secretary of state Jocelyn Benson of Michigan.

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A Kelley representative was contacted by The Washington Examiner for comment.

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Similar lawsuits have been filed to block the inclusion of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) on the ballot due to the Capitol riot. In the end, Cawthorn’s primary was lost, but Greene triumphed in hers in May. Unlike Kelley, neither was charged with a crime for taking part in the Capitol riot.

The primary is scheduled for August 2. Five Republican candidates were excluded off the ballot in May as a result of the nomination petitions’ retroactive invalidation, which resulted in the candidates’ petitions having fewer signatures than necessary.

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Author at first: Ryan King

Original Place: A lawsuit tries to remove the Michigan governor candidate from the ballot because of the Capitol disturbance.

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