(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Wisconsin election officials have shut down an attempt to have former President Donald Trump removed from the Republican primary in the state in connection to the 14th Amendment.
The complaint had originally been filed to the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Thursday by Kirk Bangstad, a brewery owner, who had argued that Trump needed to be taken off the ballot as a result of his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, during the Capitol insurrection.
The commission opted to not review the complaint which they pointed out was shut down due to procedural reasons, they further pointed out that it lists certain members of the commission as respondents.
Riley Vetterkind, the commission’s spokesperson noted that the complaint had been thrown out without consideration as the Commission has decided that any complaint about the Commission, or its staff “warrants an ethical recusal by the body.”
The complaint by Bangstad relies on the arguments that the removal efforts in Maine and Colorado did. Both of those cases had been accepted, but there is still the possibility that legal appeals would be filed against those cases.
According to those rulings, the Constitution’s 14th Amendment blocked those who had engaged in insurrection from holding office again. According to the Colorado Supreme Court and the Secretary of State in Maine, that amendment applied to Trump.
However, while those two states have accepted these claims, many others have rejected them. On Wednesday, a court in Michigan found that the Secretary of State was not authorized to make determinations regarding the eligibility of candidates under the “insurrection clause.”
Trump’s campaign in a statement on Thursday argued that the decision in Maine was a case of “election interference.”
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