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The Real Reason Kucinich is Not on the Texas Ballot

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  • Greg Cannon
    So why isn t Gravel on it? http://www.burntorangereport.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=50FD3055AF526558AF3D8C8EA789A776?diaryId=4588 The Real Reason Kucinich is
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      So why isn't Gravel on it?

      http://www.burntorangereport.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=50FD3055AF526558AF3D8C8EA789A776?diaryId=4588

      The Real Reason Kucinich is Not on the Texas Ballot
      by: Karl-Thomas Musselman
      Thu Jan 03, 2008 at 01:41 AM CST

      Yesterday, I reported that Dennis Kucinich and Mike
      Gravel had not made it on the Texas ballot. But
      today's Houston Chronicle sheds more light on the
      matter and oh boy, is it a tale to tell.

      But anti-war Democrat Dennis Kucinich apparently
      will not be on the ballot because the party returned
      his application after he scratched out a portion of
      the oath pledging support for the party's presidential
      nominee if it was not him, said party spokeswoman
      Amber Moon.

      Moon said Kucinich's aides wanted to change the
      pledge to say the party nominee had to promise not to
      use war as a tool of foreign policy, but the party
      staff could not change the oath.

      Campaign spokesman Andy Juniewicz said Kucinich
      filed documents Wednesday in a federal court in Austin
      to challenge the requirement. He said Willie Nelson is
      a plaintiff, along with Kucinich.

      Oh dear. Here's Willie's statement on the matter.

      "Dennis Kucinich is a strong defender of the
      Constitution, the national security, and the civil
      liberties of the American people. He's right to
      challenge a blind loyalty oath to the Democratic Party
      because it's un- American. The irony is that the state
      Party is trying to exclude him from the ballot even
      though he's the one Democrat who's been the most loyal
      to this country and to what the Democratic Party
      should stand for. Dennis's loyalty is to the
      Constitution of the United States and to the American
      people - not to the Texas Democratic Party."

      Other than scratching out the line on the application,
      Kucinich's paperwork was otherwise in order.
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