CO-5: More Petition Problems
Six-term Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) may not yet be officially qualified for the Colorado primary ballot. Skipping the district nominating convention because he fared poorly there in 2016, Mr. Lamborn instead went the petition signature route to qualify for the ballot. Using this option, candidates need 1,000 valid signatures from registered Republican (or Democratic, as the case may be) voters in the particular voting district.
Previously, we covered gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton (R) withdrawing his petition signatures because he found fraudulent entries among names gathered through his contracted consulting firm, Kennedy Enterprises. Now, it appears that Mr. Lamborn, contracting with the same entity, is not yet clear of legal problems. A lower court judge disqualified 58 names from his petitions, but 1,211 remain as valid still giving him a cushion of more than 200 signatures. Now, however, the state Supreme Court is considering a suit charging that Kennedy Enterprises used petition circulators who aren’t Colorado residents. If proven true, then all petitions the ineligible circulators gathered would be disqualified. The court has ordered the plaintiffs and defendants to submit briefs by tomorrow.
State Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, the 2016 US Senate nominee, are challenging Rep. Lamborn in the June 26th Republican congressional primary.
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