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Kucinich files lawsuit after party denies him place on TX ballot

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    http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_7867042 Kucinich files lawsuit after party denies him place on ballot The Associated Press Article Launched: 01/02/2008 09:39:43
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      Kucinich files lawsuit after party denies him place on
      ballot
      The Associated Press
      Article Launched: 01/02/2008 09:39:43 PM MST

      AUSTIN—Democratic 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
      application.

      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
      Constitution.

      "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
      campaign.

      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.
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