The 14th Amendment May Also Bar Former Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry from Pennsylvania’s 2024 Ballot

Former President Donald Trump’s candidacy isn’t the only one being challenged by the 14th Amendment. In Pennsylvania, US Representative Scott Perry, a Republican and former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, was slapped by a lawsuit that seeks to remove him from the 2024 ballot.

Filed by liberal activist Gene Stilp, the seven-page lawsuit alleges that Perry, who is expected to run for a seventh term, engaged in insurrectionist activity by supporting Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

The lawsuit points to Perry’s alleged efforts to use the Department of Justice to delay the certification of the election and install an acting attorney general sympathetic to Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud. Stilp claims that such actions disqualify Perry under the insurrection clause of the Constitution.

“This lawsuit was filed by a partisan activist who clearly has no regard or understanding of how our Democratic Republic works,” Perry’s lawyer, John P. Rowley, wrote in a statement. “It is but the latest effort by an extremist to disqualify a duly elected official with whom he disagrees. We are confident the Supreme Court will put an end to this lunacy.”

This legal challenge follows similar actions in Maine and Colorado, resulting in Trump’s removal from the ballot in those states. The Colorado GOP has already asked the US Supreme Court to weigh in on the Colorado ruling, and Trump on Tuesday petitioned a Maine court to reverse Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ ruling.

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