Judge Advances Attempt To Disqualify MTG From Ballot

The New York Times reports:

A federal judge cleared the way on Monday for a group of Georgia voters to move forward with legal efforts seeking to disqualify Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for re-election to Congress, citing her role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

The disqualification effort is based on a constitutional provision adopted after the Civil War that barred members of the Confederacy from holding office. It mirrors several other cases involving Republican members of Congress, whose roles leading up to and during the deadly riot have drawn intense criticism.

The judge, Amy Totenberg, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by President Barack Obama, denied Ms. Greene’s request for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order in the high-profile legal feud.

CNN reports:

Totenberg’s ruling could reverberate beyond Greene and her reelection campaign in Georgia. That’s because similar constitutional challenges are pending against other Republican officials and could even be lodged against former President Donald Trump if he runs again in 2024.

The outcome is a major victory for the liberal activists and legal advocacy groups that initiated the anti-Greene challenge, though they are still many steps away from removing her from the GOP primary ballot.

If the state judge recommends her disqualification, Greene can file appeals and the matter may not be resolved before ballots are printed for the May 25 primary election.