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Anglin files suit against NCGOP for shutting him out of 9th congressional primary

The man who became known for switching his political party registration before running in a Supreme Court race last year is now suing the North Carolina Republican Party for shutting him out of a different race.

Chris Anglin filed suit Friday in state court demanding that his political party provide him access to data and entry to events that they are providing to other Republican candidates in the 9th Congressional District primary. He is one of 10 Republican candidates up for election.

NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes illegally banned Anglin from access and acting Chair Aubrey Woodard has refused to reverse that decision, according to a news release from Anglin.

“They are violating their own rules, as well as the Constitutional rights of voters and myself by treating me differently than other Republican candidates in this race,” Anglin wrote. “They are scared of my message of being a Constitutional Reagan Republican who will stand up for the rule of law, common sense and to them.”

The lawsuit alleges that the state GOP is violating its own plan of organization by interfering in a contested primary, and as a public entity, violating the public’s and Anglin’s rights.

Anglin ran for the seat on the state Supreme Court last year that Justice Anita Earls ultimately won. He was criticized for changing his party registration before the race from Democratic to Republican, and even won a lawsuit after lawmakers tried to prevent him from getting on the ballot. He received 16 percent of the statewide vote.

He is now running for the 9th congressional district seat, which is undergoing a new election after the State Board of Elections discovered an illegal absentee ballot scheme there. Anglin said he wants to stand up for the rule of law and checks and balances of democracy.

“Ronald Reagan said, ‘if history has a lesson, it is that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly,'” Anglin stated in the news release. “There are some unpleasant facts about the NC GOP and our President. Our Chair has been indicted, and the President lies constantly, shows fealty to dictators, has filled the swamp with corruption, exploded the deficit, started trade wars, fanned bigotry, and assaulted the rule of law. None of that is conservative. I offer Republicans a chance to take their party back.”

Anglin also filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order that would require the state Republican party to provide him access to all data and events available to other GOP candidates.

In his lawsuit, Anglin is seeking a Temporary Restraining Order requiring the NCGOP provide him access to all data and events available to other candidates. A hearing is likely to take place this week.

The Republican Party was not immediately available for comment about the suit.



Anglin v NCGOP Filed Complaint and TRO Only (Text)

One Comment


  1. George Greene

    April 29, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    The headline is overstated. He hasn’t been shut out of the primary. He’s still running in it; his name is on the ballot and votes for him will still count I am not optimistic about his lawsuit getting him any relief whatsoever. The plan of organization is supposed to have an internal mechanism for enforcing its own rules and resolving internal disputes.

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