Ieshuh Griffin, "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch'" says she's Supreme Court bound
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|Ieshuh Griffin's campaign literature|
Ieshuh Griffin -- whose campaign slogan is "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch'" -- lost two attempts last week in her ongoing crusade to put that oh-so-catchy tagline on the Nov. 2 ballot. Now, the Wisconsin Assembly candidate says she's taking her fight to the Supreme Court.
Griffin is seeking a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly as an independent, representing a district in Milwaukee. There, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about. Griffin's purpose: "NOT the whiteman's bitch." She says the phrase is protected speech.
But so far, Griffin's effort to include it on the ballot has been rejected--both by a local election board and by the federal court. Last week U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa rejected Griffin's case because she filed the wrong kind of paperwork. Randa also rejected her call to step aside and replace himself with a three-judge panel, saying that was unnecessary. The community activist had harsh words for the judge:
"He has a judicial disability because he refused to apply the law," Griffin told the Associated Press. "I don't think he's above the law. I think he's been very arbitrary in entering his decision.''
Griffin says she plans to try to skip the federal appeals court and to go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Whatever the outcome of her case, we're pretty sure that people in Milwaukee will remember her when they see her name on the ballot.