JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Today, 34th Republican Senatorial District Committee filed a lawsuit in Cole County Court against Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Scot Van Meter, the Democrat running as a Republican for Missouri Senate in the 34th District. The suit makes clear that the 34th District GOP does not want to be associated with Democrat Scot Van Meter. The 34th District GOP’s right to not be associated with Van Meter is protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that such a right of non-association is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Matt Vianello, the attorney representing the 34th District GOP, says, “As someone who has been involved in many election law cases, this case is one of the clearest examples I’ve seen where a political party’s constitutional rights are being threatened.”
Jim Rooney, Chairman of the 34th District GOP, says, “It’s clear Scot Van Meter is not a Republican. Even after filing as a Republican, Scot Van Meter filed paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10 stating he was a Democrat. We filed this lawsuit to protect our primary elections from medling for political gain.”
Scot Van Meter is currently elected as a Democrat County Assessor in Buchanan County. He has been elected five different times as a Democrat, most recently in November of 2016. Upon learning of Van Meter’s candidacy, the members of the 34th District GOP unanimously voted to reject Van Meter’s candidacy and pursue all available legal avenues to remove him from the ballot.