Republicans Fight California Democrats' "Naked Political Grab"

Today, RNLA Vice President for Communications and RNC Committeewoman from California Harmeet Dhillon’s firm and Michael Best & Friedrich filed a lawsuit against California Governor Gavin Newsom seeking to enjoin California Demorats' illegal attempt to keep qualified candidates off the Presidential ballot.  The lawsuit says in part:

As demonstrated by the legislative history and Governor Newsom’s public comments, the Act is a naked political attack against the sitting President of the United States.  The Act subverts the franchise for cheap political gain, creates an extra-constitutional qualification for the office of President, and effectively disenfranchises voters by denying their right to associate for the advancement of political beliefs and effectively cast a vote for the otherwise qualified candidate of their choosing.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel stated:

“It certainly doesn’t bode well for Democrats heading into 2020 that their best bet for beating President Trump is to deny millions of Californians the ability to vote for him. This stunt by Democrats is unconstitutional and, simply put, desperate,” she said in a press statement.

But it is not just Republicans but as the Daily Caller points out, law professors consider the California law a potentially bad precedent. 

Legal experts worry the law could set a bad precedent. “What other kinds of regulations can one imagine that states might impose on presidential candidates to get onto the ballot?” Richard Pildes, a professor of constitutional law at New York University, told reporters.

Thank you to Harmeet and all the other RNLA leaders and members who filed the lawsuit including Mark Meuser, RNLA Board of Governors member Stefan Passantino, Justin Clark, and Nicholas Boerke.