In case last week’s drama wasn’t enough for you, hold on to your hats. Today, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn did not gather enough signatures as many of his signatures were tossed because some of the paid circulators were not Colorado residents.
While this is stunning and likely pleases his GOP primary opponents greatly, this is not the end of the legal battle for Lamborn. The next step could be to appeal to a federal judge, according to a tweet by Secretary of State spokeswoman Lynn Bartels.
Deputy SOS says Lamborn likely to appeal to federal court to dismiss residency requirement for circulators. “A sitting congressman was just knocked off the ballot without a vote of the people.” #copolitics
— Lynn Bartels (@lynn_bartels) April 23, 2018
Bartels also noted on Twitter that “Deputy SOS on Lamborn notes that a federal court already struck down a ruling that says circulators for initiatives must be in state.”
Associated Press reporter Nick Riccardi pointed out the genius of this whole mess:
You know who’s looking remarkably smart in #COpolitics right now? Walker Stapleton
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) April 23, 2018
Lamborn is – was – in a five-way primary for the Congressional seat with state Senator Owen Hill, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, retired Texas judge Bill Rhea and former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stevens.
Stay tuned PeakNation™. This race just got incredibly interesting.