The Texas Democratic Party filed a motion with the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss the writ of mandamus filed in the Green Party ballot scam clase. The Statesman's Jason Embry had it first:
…Democrats will drop that effort, hoping to quiet complaints that they are trying to limit voters’ choices. Instead they will focus on suing to find out who provided more than $500,000 for the petition drive that gave the Greens ballot access.
“This case has never been exclusively about whether or not the Green Party gets on the ballot,” said Chad Dunn, a lawyer for the Democrats. “That was a small part of it. The focus in this case was discovering all the violations of the law and ensuring that those responsible pay the necessary penalties.”
From the TDP statement:
By filing our motion today, we can best insure that both the lower Courts and the Supreme Court have all the facts before ruling on whether these secret funds were, in fact, spent illegally by a corporation for blatantly political purposes.
We brought this action to find out the facts behind the Republican Party/Green Party scandal, and that has always been more important than whether or not Green Party candidates appear on the Texas ballot. Texas voters should know the truth about what Republican operatives with ties to Rick Perry have done and are deliberately trying to hide from Texas voters.
We are confident that when all the facts are established and the truth is known, the Courts will see that this is a case where the Republicans had an obvious political interest and funneled secret funds into an illegal corporate effort to gain political advantage.
I don't expect this to go away any time — the lawsuit will continue, and it seems that every week another Republican is linked to Rick Perry's campaign. For now, though, the Texas Democratic Party has done what the Green Party has yet to do — act responsibly. It continues to amaze me how much kat swift, in her quest for the latest fractured talking point, rails against corporate money yet refuses to prevent her organization from leading by example.
Kudos to the TDP for taking the high road and focusing on the only issue that's ever mattered: finding the source of the corporate money that got the Green Party on the ballot in the first place. Stay tuned.
Previously on BOR:
- Rick Perry Campaign Consultant Anthony Holm Worked to Get Green Party on the Ballot
- Texas Supreme Court Leaves Green Party Candidates Vulnerable With Ruling
- Texas League of Conservation Voters Writes Open Letter to TX Green Party Chair
- Green Party Scandal: Did the Texas Green Party Willfully Break the Law?
- Green Party Scandal: Favors for Perry
- TRMPAC, Part Two? Green Party Signatures Collected With Corporate Money
- Top Perry Political Consultant Linked to Green Party Petition Scam
- Texas Democratic Party Files Restraining Order, Wants Information on Secret Republican Donor
- Arizona GOP Consultant Led Green Party's Efforts to Gain Texas Ballot Access