Arizona’s top court ends left’s attempt to have 3 Republicans removed from ballot

The left’s attempt to use the courts to eliminate their political opposition ahead of the upcoming elections is failing.

The Daily Wire reports that Arizona’s Supreme Court has ruled that Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and state Rep. Mark Finchem (R) can all remain on the ballot. 

Background

This is part of the left’s attempt to use the Jan. 6 Capitol protest to disqualify their political opposition from running in future elections.

The argument relies on the 14th Amendment, which, in part, states:

No person shall be a . . . Representative in Congress . . . or hold any office . . . under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress . . . or as a member of any State legislature . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Not just in Arizona, but in states across the country, Democrats have argued that some Republicans, such as Gosar, Biggs, and Finchem, violated the 14th Amendment by “participating” in the events of Jan. 6., 2021, and that, therefore, they ought not to be allowed to run in future elections.

It would certainly be convenient for the Democrats if the courts agreed with this argument.

It’s over

The first court to rule against these Arizona Democrats is the Maricopa County Superior Court.

The court essentially deemed the Democrats’ argument nonsense, ruling that there is no private right of action to enforce this portion of the 14 Amendment. The court also dismissed other arguments, such as that there are state laws that would disqualify Biggs, Gosar, and Finchem from running.

The case, then, headed to Arizona’s Supreme Court, which, just this week, upheld the superior court’s ruling.

That means Biggs, Gosar, and Finchem will all be allowed to appear on the ballot later this year.

“The Democrats lose again”

Gosar rubbed the decision in the Democrats’ faces Monday on social media.

“Breaking: The AZ Supreme Court just ruled that me, @RepAndyBiggsAZ, and @RealMarkFinchem will remain on the ballot,” he tweeted. “The Democrats lose again and now have to try to beat us at the ballot box. ✔️Free Speech Wins ✔️No ‘Insurrection’ no Disqualification Clause.”

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