While we are waiting for for Donald Trump to file Godot v. Cruz, another pro se lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, reports the Washington Times. Lawrence Joyce, a Ben Carson supporter, says:
(Check out “pigs fly” at Google images.) Joyce says that he wants to clear things up so that Democrats can’t use the eligibility issue against Cruz in the general election. Can you imagine Clinton or Sanders doing that?
A search at the Circuit Court web site didn’t turn up any filing of the case.
In addition, three challenges to the NY Board of Elections will be heard next week. One is from Gregory-John Fischer challenging Cruz. William Gallo and Barry Korman filed a joint complaint, and Robert Laity, a name familiar to regular readers here, is challenging Cruz, Rubio and Jindal under the two-citizen-parents-born-in-the-country theory. Read more at the Albany Times Union.
What Joyce contends is that moving forward with a Cruz candidacy and without a definitive court ruling in his eligibility could prove a disaster for the Republican Party with a predicted flurry of lawsuits from Democrats should Cruz be the Republican nominee. This view flies in the face of history. There were 226 Obama eligibility-related lawsuits and the ones that did find Obama eligible did not dissuade the lawsuits that followed, nor appear to have made any dent in the birther beliefs that Obama was ineligible. The only result Joyce could get that might have some impact would be if Cruz were declared ineligible and ordered off the ballot, a very unlikely outcome. More likely than not, the Cook County Circuit Court will conclude that it lacks jurisdiction.
- Ted Cruz birther lawsuit makes it to Cook County courtroom – Chicago Tribune
- Downstate man says Ted Cruz is not “natural-born” citizen, wants him thrown out of Illinois primary – Chicago Sun Times
- Ted Cruz Facing ‘Birther’ Challenges to Appear on Primary Ballots – ABC News
- The Ted Cruz Citizenship Fight is Bogus–But Still Matters – Politico
- Ted Cruz moves to shut down ‘birther’ suit – Detroit News
- New York pair asks court to throw Cruz off primary – Bloomberg
- New Yorkers seek court order to keep Ted Cruz off the ballot in state Republican presidential primaries because he was born in Canada – NY Daily News
- Arguments heard in case questioning Cruz’s ‘natural born’ status – Albany Times Union