This afternoon, a federal court in Los Angeles court refused to allow a Tea Party candidate to join the lawsuit against a core part of California’s new Top Two Primary.
To call attention to the troubling flaws of the Top Two Primary, Julius Galacki had earlier switched his party registration from the Democratic Party to the Tea Party. In fact, his constitutional rights have already been violated in two troubling ways. First, he was deprived of his fundamental right to run as a write-in candidate in the July 12, 2011 special congressional election. Second, the write-in vote that he had cast for himself was not counted — a brazen violation of his fundamental right to vote.
Mr. Galacki intends to run for Congress next year as a Tea Party candidate. Unless the Top Two Primary’s rules are put on hold, he will be forced to falsely state on the ballot that he has “No Party Preference” — an outright violation of his right to free speech.
Mr. Galacki will appeal the court’s decision at an appropriate time. The court will hold a hearing in this litigation (Chamness v. Bowen) on Aug. 22, 2011, 2:30 pm.