Senate 34: GOP Seeks to Kick Van Meter off Ballot
The 34th Republican Senatorial District Committee filed a lawsuit to kick Scot Van Meter off the ballot in Senate 34. Van Meter is currently an elected Democrat, and drew the ire of supporters of Republican candidate Harry Roberts. They felt Van Meter filed to cut into Roberts geographic base.
From the press release: The 34th District GOP’s right to not be associated with Van Meter is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that such a right of non-association is protected by the U.S. Constitution…
Jim Rooney, Chairman of the 34th District GOP, says, “It’s clear Scot Van Meter is not a Republican. Even after filing as a Republican, Scot Van Meter filed paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10 stating he was a Democrat. We filed this lawsuit to protect our primary elections from medling for political gain.”