Colorado politician David Williams has a nickname – Dave – that is uncontroversial.
On Wednesday, Denver District Judge Andrew McCallin agreed that Williams had proven he went by the nickname “Let’s Go Brandon,” which appeared last fall in conservative circles as a code for a profane expression against President Biden. But the judge also ruled that Secretary of State Jena Griswold used the right authority to block it from the primary vote.
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Williams called the decision “a bad verdict” in an email to The Washington Post.
“It is clear that a Democrat-appointed judge put the thumb on the scale of a corrupt Democrat foreign minister,” he told KUSA.
Williams told The Post he plans to appeal the ruling to the state’s highest court.
“The Colorado Supreme Court should do its job and hear this appeal because they are corrupt [secretary of state] should not be allowed to violate the rule of law, “he said, adding that if the judges of the High Court do not hear his case,” they neglect their duties and the legislators should remove their salaries or go to dismiss them. office without delay. “
Williams, who has served in the House of Representatives in Colorado since 2016, is not the only Republican trying to get a slogan on voters’ ballots.
Earlier this week, an Oklahoma Republican running for office lost his bid to appear on the ballot as “Sean ‘The Patriot’ Roberts,” the Associated Press reported. His opponent had objected, claiming that there was no evidence that Roberts is known or doing business using the nickname, the standard set by Oklahoma’s electoral law.
Williams pointed out in his lawsuit that a candidate running for school board in Colorado last year appeared on the ballot as “Blake ‘No Mandates’ Law,” despite local election officials opposing such nicknames and calling for tougher laws to prevent them.
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Griswold, Colorado’s secretary of state, praised McCallin’s decision on Wednesday, saying she beat “Let’s Go Brandon” off the ballot because her job is to be “fair and transparent” to voters. “The court’s decision today confirms that the contents of the ballot are not a place for political gamblers,” Griswold said in an email to The Post.
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Griswold is up for re-election later this year in what the New Republic described as “the most important election in 2022 that you’ve never heard of” as her office oversees elections and voter registration files.
Griswold’s colleagues have been hit by conservatives who aim to take control of states’ voting systems in the name of so-called electoral integrity. Following the 2020 presidential election, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) rejected President Donald Trump’s pressure to “find” the votes needed to topple his loss in that state, The Post reported. Raffensperger, who claimed that newly elected President Joe Biden had rightly won the state’s 16 electoral votes, now faces a primary challenger approved by the former president. (There is no evidence that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.)
“Let’s Go, Brandon” grew out of a misunderstanding after a NASCAR race on Oct. 2 at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. During an interview with winning driver Brandon Brown, a reporter mistakenly thought the audience was shouting “Let’s go, Brandon” as the crowd beat the president.
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In his lawsuit, Williams said he started walking past “Let’s Go Brandon” in December. He pointed out that he includes the nickname of his social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He also cited Colorado’s ballot paper, which states that a “candidate’s name may contain one nickname if the candidate regularly uses the nickname and the nickname does not include any part of a political party’s name.”
In the case, Williams said Griswold rejected “Let’s Go Brandon,” claiming it was a slogan and not a nickname.
Before filing his lawsuit on April 18, Williams had to complete the notarized confirmation page and swear “under penalty of perjury” that everything in his lawsuit was true.
He signed his name to make it official: David “LGB” Williams.