Dave Williams can’t go ‘Let’s go Brandon’ on Colorado ballot, judge says

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Colorado politician David Williams has an uncontroversial nickname – Dave.

Then there is the other.

Williams sued the Colorado secretary of state last week after she refused his request to appear as ‘Dave ‘Let’s Go Brandon ‘Williams’ on the Republican primary ballot for the 5th district of Colorado Congress. Williams is running to unseat eight-term incumbent Representative Doug Lamborn in the June primary.

On Wednesday, Denver District Judge Andrew McCallin agreed that Williams had proved he had the nickname “Let’s Go Brandon,” which emerged last fall in conservative circles as code for a profane expression. against President Biden. But the judge also ruled that Secretary of State Jena Griswold used proper authority to block him from the primary ballot.

A boat with “Let’s go Brandon” Christmas lights won the holiday parade. Then the award was revoked.

Williams called the decision a “bad decision” in an email to The Washington Post.

“Clearly a Democratic-appointed judge put his thumb in the balance for a corrupt Democratic Secretary of State,” he told KUSA.

Williams told the Post he plans to appeal the decision to the state’s highest court.

“The Colorado Supreme Court should do its job and hear this appeal because corruption [secretary of state] should not be allowed to violate the rule of law,” he said, adding that if the High Court judges do not hear his case, “they are failing in their duty and lawmakers should cut their salaries or fire them. office without delay.

Williams, who has served in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2016, isn’t the only Republican trying to get a slogan on voter ballots.

Earlier this week, an Oklahoma Republican running for state commissioner of labor lost his bid to appear on the ballot as “Sean ‘The Patriot’ Roberts,” the report reported. Associated Press. His opponent had objected, saying there was no evidence Roberts was known or did business using that nickname, the standard established by Oklahoma election law.

Williams, in her lawsuit, pointed out that a candidate running for a school board in Colorado last year was listed on the ballot as “Blake ‘No Mandates’ Law,” despite the fact that the election official local opposes these nicknames and calls for stricter laws to prevent them.

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Griswold, Colorado’s secretary of state, praised McCallin’s decision on Wednesday, saying she struck “Let’s go Brandon” off the ballot because her job is to be “fair and transparent” with voters. “Today’s court decision affirms that the content of the ballot is not a place for political gambling,” Griswold said in an email to the Post.

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Griswold is set to run for re-election later this year in what the New Republic has described as ‘the most important election of 2022 you’ve never heard of’, as her office oversees elections and registration files. voters.

Griswold’s counterparts have been targeted by conservatives aiming to take control of state voting systems in the name of so-called electoral integrity. After the 2020 presidential election, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (right) pushed back on President Donald Trump’s push to ‘find’ the votes needed to overturn his loss in that state, The Post reported. Raffensperger, who argued President-elect Joe Biden deservedly won all 16 electoral votes in the state, now faces a primary challenger endorsed by the former president. (There is no evidence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.)

“Let’s Go, Brandon” arose out of a misunderstanding after a NASCAR race on Oct. 2 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. During an interview with winning driver Brandon Brown, a reporter mistakenly believed the crowd was chanting “Let’s go, Brandon” as onlookers lashed out at the president.

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In his lawsuit, Williams said he started using “Let’s Go Brandon” in December. He pointed out that he included the nickname on his social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He also cited Colorado’s election law regarding ballots, which states that “a candidate’s name may include a nickname, if the candidate regularly uses the nickname and the nickname does not include any part of the candidate’s name. a political party”.

In the lawsuit, Williams said Griswold rejected “Let’s Go Brandon,” saying it was a catchphrase and not a nickname.

Before filing her lawsuit on April 18, Williams had to complete the notarized verification page, swearing “under penalty of perjury” that everything in her lawsuit was true.

He signed his name to make it official: David “LGB” Williams.


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