Friday, June 02, 2006
White supremacist will not be on ballot
Seventh District Democrats can breathe a sigh or relief.
Avowed white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller will not be on the August Democratic primary as a candidate for the Congressional seat currently held by Roy Blunt, thanks to a ruling issued Wednesday by U. S. District Court Judge Richard E. Dorr.
Miller, an Aurora resident, sued Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan after the Democratic party, his first choice, refused to accept his filing fee and permit him to have a place on the primary ballot. Miller was then rejected by the Republican and Libertarian parties.
Judge Dorr pointed out that under Missouri law, candidate filing fees are given to the treasurer of the political party. It can either be paid directly to the party or given to the secretary of state who forwards it to the party. Miller claimed that since Ms. Carnahan had accepted the fee, he should have a place on the ballot. Judge Dorr disagreed.
"The Democratic party did not accept the fee, and thus the fee was never paid as required by statute," the judge wrote. "(Miller) claims Defendant's return of the fee because the Democratic party would not accept it is just a pretext to exclude people who express pro-white racial viewpoints.
"The Constitution contains no express provision that guarantees the right to become a candidate." If Miller has a claim, he should have filed it against the party and not against Secretary of State Carnahan, the judge wrote.
The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice.