Bid to erase Marjorie Taylor Greene from ballot fails

A campaign to keep Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) off the ballot this year was defeated due to allegations that she was involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who had final authority over Greene’s candidacy, accepted a judge’s order on Friday allowing her to run for reelection.

Several voters in her district argued that she couldn’t run for office again because of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era provision that prohibits anybody who has assisted in an insurgency or revolt from holding public office.

Friday afternoon, Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot recommended that she stay on the ballot, and Raffensperger confirmed the decision shortly after.

Greene, who is popular in her conservative northwest Georgia district and among Trump fans nationwide, was not expected to be removed by Raffensperger, a Republican.

Raffensperger is up for reelection in the Republican primary for Secretary of State on May 24, where he will face Rep. Jody Hice, who alleges the 2020 presidential election vote-counting process was tainted.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies have chastised Raffensperger for not doing more to investigate allegations of voter fraud in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election.

A criminal investigation is underway by the Fulton County district attorney into a January 2021 phone call in which Trump pushed Raffensperger to “find” votes that would place him ahead of President Joe Biden in the state.

Greene stated at the court that she had little knowledge of the events leading up to the violence on Jan. 6 and that she had no intention of the march turning violent on that day.

Attempts to utilize the aftermath of the Jan. 6 election to prevent other House members from running for reelection have likewise failed. Last month, an Arizona judge threw out a measure to bar Republican Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, as well as state Rep. Mark Finchem (who is running for Arizona secretary of state), from running for office, and efforts to bar Reps. Madison Cawthorn and Jim Banks from running for office also failed.