Court supports loyalthy oath for candidates

KW: I think the implications of this are boundless. Might actually prove useful. Can third parties make their potential candidates (or endorsed/fusion ticket candidates) sign loyalty oaths in order to be on primary ballots?

(excerpt from) Fox8.com/AP
Appeals court sides with Texas Democrats, says loyalty oath permissible for ballot access

March 24, 2009

An appeals court says the Texas Democratic Party can impose a loyalty oath on candidates seeking the party’s nomination — rejecting a challenge by former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday affirmed a Texas federal court’s ruling that the oath does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

The Democratic Party argued that it has a right to require candidates to pledge to “fully support” the party’s eventual nominee…


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