Lawyers for 14 of the 128 Democratic candidates whom the Dallas County GOP is trying to have removed from the March primary ballot have asked a court to dismiss the case. According to a document filed late Monday on behalf of 14 candidates threatened with removal, the Dallas County Republican Party and its chairwoman, Missy Shorey, have no standing to bring the suit, since they are not candidates in the election. “The DCRP is clearly not a candidate and Shorey does not allege that she is a candidate for any office,” according to the filing from the lawyers. “As such, neither the DCRP nor Shorey have the necessary personal interest to have standing to seek the removal of any candidate from the ballot.”
Buck Wood, an attorney for the candidates, said Tuesday he would file a pleading to the Dallas County court handling the case stating that it does not have jurisdiction.
The case has been assigned to state District Judge Eric Moye, who will likely recuse himself, given his ties to the Dallas County Democratic Party. If that occurs, a visiting judge will be assigned to handle the matter.