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The Real Reason Kucinich is Not on the Texas Ballot

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Thu Jan 03, 2008 at 01:41 AM CST

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Yesterday, I reported that Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel had not made it on the Texas ballot. But today's Houston Chronicle sheds more light on the matter and oh boy, is it a tale to tell.

But anti-war Democrat Dennis Kucinich apparently will not be on the ballot because the party returned his application after he scratched out a portion of the oath pledging support for the party's presidential nominee if it was not him, said party spokeswoman Amber Moon.

Moon said Kucinich's aides wanted to change the pledge to say the party nominee had to promise not to use war as a tool of foreign policy, but the party staff could not change the oath.

Campaign spokesman Andy Juniewicz said Kucinich filed documents Wednesday in a federal court in Austin to challenge the requirement. He said Willie Nelson is a plaintiff, along with Kucinich.

Oh dear. Here's Willie's statement on the matter.

"Dennis Kucinich is a strong defender of the Constitution, the national security, and the civil liberties of the American people. He's right to challenge a blind loyalty oath to the Democratic Party because it's un- American. The irony is that the state Party is trying to exclude him from the ballot even though he's the one Democrat who's been the most loyal to this country and to what the Democratic Party should stand for. Dennis's loyalty is to the Constitution of the United States and to the American people - not to the Texas Democratic Party."

Other than scratching out the line on the application, Kucinich's paperwork was otherwise in order.  


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Making demands? (3.00 / 2)
Look -- I like Kucinich and all, I saw him speak at an Ani Difranco concert, shook his hand after the show. But this is just unnecessary.

A candidate can't list demands. It's against the national party rules, and I'm pretty sure it's against state party rules. It's one of those things determined at conventions -- with the "little d" democrats (you and me).

Now, a very great man once said that some people rob you with a fountain pen.

couldn't agree more (0.00 / 0)
I'm shocked, really.

I completely get the concept of running to make a point or highlight issues, but to not pledge to support the party's nominee?

Even the most vicious primaries should end in unity for November.

Please refer to KT's signature.

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yeah... (0.00 / 0)
Who does he think he is, Joe Lieberman?

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kucinich at an ani difranco concert (1.50 / 2)
that says it al.  were you wearing birkenstocks?

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Nope (0.00 / 0)
I was taking my girlfriend out for our four-year anniversary. Jackass.

Now, a very great man once said that some people rob you with a fountain pen.

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No one can make demands as to where your vote goes either. (0.00 / 0)
Party Registration allows one to participate in closed primaries. I would hope that every American would vote his/her heart as to the best candidate in the general election regardless of the candidates party affiliation. This smacks of the same abuse where people were turned away from hearing Bush speak because they didn't sign a "loyalty oath" to the Republican Party. The President is supposed to represent the American people, not just the Republican American people. I have an inalienable right to hear the words of a man whose decisions affect my life, as does any other American. My vote belongs to me, and is not for sale, barter or exploitation. To require a commitment of a person for their vote is a violation of both the first and fourteenth amendments.

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On a side note (0.00 / 0)
Let's say a candidate said he wouldn't support the Democratic nominee if the nominee were Black. Or Gay. Or from California.

Can't make demands like this. Willie, great music, but no logic on this one. Sorry.

Now, a very great man once said that some people rob you with a fountain pen.

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