OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Libertarian Party, in a lawsuit filed Thursday, claims the Republican Party is not a major player in this state and its presidential nominee, presumably Mitt Romney, does not deserve a spot on the November ballot.
The lawsuit, filed in Thurston County Superior Court, seeks an order declaring that the “Washington State Republican Party is ‘minor party’ for purposes of the 2012 general election and directing the Secretary of State to issue ballots for the November election that do not contain the printed name of any Republican Party nominee. (Although the Republican nominee may run as a write-in.)”
Defendants in the case are Secretary of State Sam Reed, the Washington State Republican Party and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Romney campaign’s Washington state chairwoman.