GOP Files Legal Brief Against Brown's Council Seat
The District Republican Party has filed its brief to the D.C. Court of Appeals over Michael Brown's Nov. 4th victory in the D.C. general election as an independent at-large member of the D.C. Council.
The party is arguing that Brown is a political independent in name only, and really remains a Democrat.
The GOP asserts that Brown claimed independent status merely to seek office. D.C. law requires that at least one of the at-large council seats go to a minority party.
"The At-Large seat is designed to give a voice to those who don't always agree with the ruling party on the DC Council," DC Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kabel said in a statement. "Local Republicans and Democrats have worked together for years to give Voting Rights to the District in Congress. Silencing diversity on the Council and not complying with existing laws that gives a voice to minority parties is a step backwards."
Michael Brown told the D.C. Wire earlier: "My voter registration card says that I am independent, my petition says that I am independent, but my heart and values rest in the democratic principles that this country was founded on."
"There have been several examples nationally and locally in my situation, from Sen. Joseph Leiberman to Council member Carol Schwartz, who ran as an independent write-in candidate after she was defeated in the September primary as a Republican," Brown told us.
But that hasn't slowed the GOP in its efforts. Its executive director, Paul D. Craney, said this afternoon that the party is looking for a ruling sometime before Christmas.
"I believe the court has made a motion to expedite" the issue, he said.
(He also noted that Schwartz remained a Republican when she ran as a write-in candidate in November.)
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