Six-term U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn may not be able to run for his seventh term after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that one of his signature gatherers is not a legal resident of the state and invalidated those petition signatures.
Without those signatures, Lamborn lacks the 1,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot.
The Denver Post reports:
It’s unclear whether Lamborn will challenge the ruling, or whether he could return to the district court level to seek qualification of other signatures that were initially rejected by the secretary of state’s office. The court is allowed to apply a more lenient standard — known as substantial compliance — than the secretary’s office.
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Various local media are reporting
Walker Stapleton with his family.
that a judge has allowed Doug Lamborn to stay on the primary ballot despite questions about the signature gatherers for his petitions.
The group of GOP voters that challenged the petitions plan to appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court.
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The fate of Congressman Doug Lamborn, seeking his seventh term a representative of the Fifth Congressional District, was hanging in the balance at an April 10 evidentiary hearing on a lawsuit. That suit alleged that the signature gatherers responsible for the petitions that qualified Lamborn for the Republican primary ballot were not residents of Colorado — and that therefore many of the signatures weren't valid
That's a big problem for Lamborn, because he skipped the Fifth Congressional District assembly. If his petition signatures are invalidated he's out of the race.
Lamborn earlier released a statement saying he expected the suit to blow over soon.
that Walker Stapleton, Colorado treasurer and leading Republican candidate for governor, "filed paperwork in the court case to intervene and have the case against Lamborn dismissed. Why? Because he hired some of the same signature collectors being challenged in the Lamborn case."
So, here's the bombshell: Stapleton has reportedly asked the Colorado Secretary of State to remove his name from the primary ballot
, saying that the signature gathering company in question, Colorado Springs-based firm Kennedy Enterprises, lied to him and collected fraudulent signatures. Stapleton now plans to seek a place on the primary ballot through the assembly process.
News Channel 13 reports that Lamborn's hearing is ongoing
But one would expect that Stapleton's move won't help Lamborn's position.