James Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project
, announced his candidacy for the the 48th district in Orange County California last week. As I covered in my entry on the story
the Secretary of State Bruce McPherson denied Gilchrist the right to use "Minuteman Project Founder" on the ballot below his name.
Gilchrist has now filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State and the Orange County Registrar of Voters Steve Rodermund over the issue.
The suit was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court.
McPherson disallowed the ballot designation, saying state law bans anything commercial from being under a candidate's name. Gilchrist, an American Independent Party candidate, said leading that group is his "vocation" and should be allowed.
The secretary also ruled that Republican candidate Ed Suppe could not put "veteran" under his name.
I'd have to argue that the Veteran moniker is not an actual job you participate in whereas leading a group is an actively involving profession. I hope he wins.
Give it up, man. Spare yourself the humiliation. The AWM vote just isn't enough to get elected anymore except in some parts of the South.
Posted by: Ralph on September 2, 2005 06:33 AM