Maine Secretary of State Disqualifies Trump from Ballot
Here we go again…
Another blue state Secretary of State is using overreaching authority to influence the 2024 election.
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has decided to disqualify Donald Trump from the Maine primary ballot via Section III of the 14th Amendment.
Bellows did state that she will pause the decision pending litigation being filed by the Trump campaign.
We all know that the ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court would open up the floodgates on this in blue states, and it has.
There were a slew of cases filed across the country to disqualify Trump, but all of them had failed until the Colorado ruling.
Maine took a different route, with the Secretary of State deciding on her own that Trump was going to be disqualified for the primary election via Section III of the 14th Amendment.
Bellows had presided over an administrative hearing consisting of a panel of former lawmakers who had filed the complaint to disqualify Trump from the ballot. Her decision was based on the arguments heard during that hearing.
The Trump campaign stated that it would immediately litigate the decision, so Bellows stated that she would pause her decision pending the outcome of that appeal.
Bellows stated, “I do not reach this conclusion lightly. Democracy is sacred … I am mindful that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.
“I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection.”
You have to love the somberness of the announcement when everyone knows Democrats have had Section III in their minds from the very moment the riot at the Capitol started, as the word “insurrection” was immediately put into play by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
This nonsense will continue until the Supreme Court addresses this and settles it once and for all.