The Democrats have been known for doing this all over the country. Mostly because they are not doing anything to serve the constituencies and interest groups they claim to represent. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting Democrats Against Democracy as a formal group. Here they are at work again in Maine:
Independent U.S. Senate Candidate Herbert Hoffman said Monday he was disappointed, but not surprised, that the Maine Democratic Party has gone to court in its attempt to keep him off the November ballot.
Attorneys for Maine Democratic Party Chair John Knutson on Monday afternoon filed an appeal with the Kennebec County Superior Court, requesting a court review of Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s
decision last week that Hoffman had submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures for his name to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.
That decision followed a hearing on June 16 and a report by the hearing officer, Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn, that Hoffman had exceeded the requirement that he present 4,000 verified signatures to gain ballot access as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in November.
“It’s unfortunate that we have this distraction from the real issues of the campaign,” Hoffman said, “I would have thought the Democrats would welcome a debate on single-payer health care, government accountability, and what it will really take to end the war in Iraq.”
Hoffman characterized the Democratic Party efforts as an attempt to deny the public its right to free, open and fair elections.
“The Democrats know that this is not a big-money campaign,” Hoffman said, “and they are trying to divert attention from debating the real issues that Maine voters will face in this fall’s election.”
Noting that the two election officials have overseen the validation of thousands of candidate and referendum petitions over the years, Hoffman said, “I’m confident that in the end the Democratic Party will fail in its efforts to discount the recommendation of Julie Flynn and the decision of Secretary of
State Dunlap that I am entitled to ballot access.”
Other candidates vying for the same U.S. Senate seat are incumbent Republican Susan Collins, and Democrat Tom Allen, who is vacating his 1st District Congressional seat to run for this office.