Political and Election Law: Roll Call: Texas Democrats Drop Bid to Keep Farenthold on Ballot

By Eric Garcia, Roll Call

Texas Democrats dropped a lawsuit that would have attempted to keep retiring Rep. Blake Farenthold on the ballot in next year’s elections.

“Only voters have the power to choose who leads our state and nation, not politicians and party officers in backroom decisions,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. “Last we checked, this was Texas, not Russia.”

But after a judge refused Democrats’ request for an emergency order, the party dropped its lawsuit.

Chris Gober, a lawyer for the state GOP, said, “We think that the provision that prevents the removal of his name should remain in place 99 percent of the time.” But this instance was different given that Farenthold wanted his name off the ballot, he said.

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