An Arizona judge officially dismissed a lawsuit seeking to remove prominent pro-Trump Republican candidates from the state’s November ballot.
The lawsuit issued by a voting rights group sought to prevent Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Andy Biggs, and State Rep. Mark Finchem from running for reelection. The filing alleged the three violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars congressional officials from participating in an insurrection or rebellion.
The group alleges the trio engaged in the events of Jan. 6 and, therefore, should be prohibited from running in the state’s upcoming election.
However, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury threw out the case Friday, stating the plaintiffs lacked grounds to target the lawmakers.
“Congress has not created a civil private right of action to allow a citizen to enforce the Disqualification Clause by having a person declared to be ‘not qualified’ to hold public office,” Coury stated, according to the media outlet.
Free Speech For People, the group targeting the Republicans, expressed plans to appeal the decision, claiming the ruling “is contrary to the law,” as per Fox 10.
According to Axios, a case brought against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., for similar allegations was also dismissed by Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Richard Myers.
However, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is still caught in the line of fire after a federal judge allowed the case attempting to block Greene from running for reelection to proceed.
Greene testified in front of a state judge Friday surrounding the events of Jan. 6.
Rep. Gosar tweeted in support of Greene, saying the case against her “will not survive.”