Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dean Phillips to be allowed on the 2024 Democratic primary presidential ballot.
After Wisconsin’s Supreme Court decision, Phillips wrote on X, “Thank goodness democracy is being protected by the judiciary because our political parties are eroding it right in front of our eyes,”
Phillips has pledged to file more challenges to appear on the ballot in other states.
The representative from Minnesota stated “Unilaterally taking away the right of rank and file Democrats, including a disproportionate number of Black voters demanding a more affordable America, is reprehensible.”
— The Hill (@thehill) February 3, 2024
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling is the second time that Biden's state party allies have had their anti-democratic, improper conduct reversed. The first was by the Massachusetts Secretary of State.
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— Dean Phillips (@deanbphillips) February 3, 2024
Here’s what The Hill reported:
Democratic presidential primary candidate Dean Phillips celebrated a Wisconsin Supreme Court order to let him on the Badger State’s Democratic primary ballot Friday.
“Thank goodness democracy is being protected by the judiciary, because our political parties are eroding it right in front of our eyes,” Phillips said in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. I’ll keep exposing the truth and saying the quiet part out loud. Please join me.”
Democrats on a bipartisan presidential selection committee should have talked about including the Minnesota representative, the Friday ruling said. Due to the court’s decision, he will be on the ballot for the primary in early April.
Phillips has pledged to file challenges in multiple states with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after he was shut out from the states’ ballots.
“Unilaterally taking away the right of rank and file Democrats, including a disproportionate number of Black voters demanding a more affordable America, is reprehensible,” Phillips said in a statement to Semafor. “If Joe Biden is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and lead us to a safer, more affordable future, let him compete for that privilege without his supporters suppressing and disenfranchising millions of voters.”
— New York Post (@nypost) February 3, 2024
Per The New York Post:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that state elections officials must include longshot presidential candidate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) on the state’s Democratic primary ballot.
In a unanimous decision, the court found that the bipartisan presidential selection committee in charge of approving candidates for Wisconsin’s April 2 primary “held no discussion about Phillips” while rubber stamping President Biden’s name on the ballot during a brief January meeting.
“The two party chairs listed the names of the candidates that their respective parties sought to have listed on the presidential preference ballot. The chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin listed only the name of Joseph Biden to be placed on the Democratic presidential preference primary ballot. Without any discussion, the Selection Committee unanimously adopted a motion to place the names submitted by the party chairs on the ballot,” the court’s opinion states.
“The Selection Committee held no discussion about Phillips or any other Democratic presidential primary candidate. The entire meeting lasted just over five minutes.”