Kucinich files lawsuit after party denies him place on
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 01/02/2008 09:39:43 PM MST
AUSTINDemocratic presidential candidate Dennis
Kucinich, along with supporter Willie Nelson, have
filed a lawsuit to get Kucinich on the ballot in Texas
after they say the Texas Democratic Party rejected his
The civil lawsuit was delivered late Wednesday
afternoon to U.S. District Court for the Western
District of the United States, Kucinich spokesman Andy
Juniewicz said late Wednesday evening.
The lawsuit says that Kucinich was informed by the
Texas Democratic Party on Wednesday that his
application was "defective" because he crossed out a
loyalty oath in the application that said he would
swear to support whoever the Democratic nominee for
president might be.
The lawsuit asks that a temporary restraining order be
issued to stop the Texas Democratic Party from
certifying to the Texas Secretary of State a list of
candidates and to restrict the secretary of state from
accepting any list that doesn't include the name of a
qualified candidate who refuses the loyalty oath.
Kucinich, a congressman from Ohio, also wants the
court to declare that the oath requirement violates
the First Amendment and the 14th Amendment in the
"He's right to challenge a blind loyalty oath to the
Democratic Party because it's un-American," Willie
Nelson said in a news release from the Kucinich
Calls for comment made to the Texas Democratic Party
and the secretary of state's office after business
hours on Wednesday were not immediately returned.