July 24, 2004
Jackson Lee responds to Bazan

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has responded to a claim by independent candidate Tom Bazan that she failed to file her candidacy papers for the Democratic primary on time in January.

U.S. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, asked a state district judge Friday to toss out a lawsuit filed against her by an opponent in the November general election.

Jackson Lee's motion in state district court claims the suit brought against her by Tom Bazan, an independent candidate for the 18th Congressional District Jackson Lee represents, is "legally wrong and factually wrong," said John O'Quinn, the congresswoman's attorney.

Bazan filed his suit July 15 in state district court, claiming Jackson Lee is ineligible for the general election Nov. 2 because she did not file her application on time for the Democratic Primary earlier this year.

Jackson Lee's application is dated Jan. 13. The deadline was Jan. 16. Gerry Birnberg, chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party, said in an affidavit attached to Jackson Lee's motion that he witnessed her sign, date and turn in the application before the deadline.

By law, Bazan should have filed his lawsuit before the primary election, O'Quinn said.

Gerry Birnbirg is certainly not an impartial witness, but unless you're prepared to charge him with perjury, I'd say this ought to settle it. We'll see if the judge agrees.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 24, 2004 to Election 2004 | TrackBack

Who knows what Tom Bazan has, because he's suddenly gone awfully quiet. One still wonders if he could beat SJL even if she ran a write-in campaign.

Still, she must a little concerned. John O'Quinn's a pretty big gun to drag out if you thought a pop gun would suffice.

Posted by: kevin whited on July 24, 2004 4:58 PM

O'Quinn's a big gun, but almost certainly is working this for free.

Posted by: Beldar on July 28, 2004 6:42 PM