Ieshuh Griffin's "NOT the whiteman's bitch" case tossed

Categories: Weird Wisconsin

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Ieshuh Griffin, who wants to use the slogan "NOT the whiteman's bitch" as her tag line on the Wisconsin ballot, got no love from federal court. A judge rejected her lawsuit demanding to use the phrase because she filed the wrong paperwork. Darn those pesky legal rules!

Griffin became an instant celebrity a few weeks back when her campaign to use the catch phrase hit the blogs. A community activist, Griffin is seeking a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly as an independent, representing 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." We have to admit, it's catchy.

But Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board didn't like it--they voted that the phrase couldn't appear on the ballot. So Griffin filed a writ of federal habeus corpus. And that's where she went wrong...

Turns out, that type of filing is only for people who are in custody.bGriffin should file a civil rights lawsuit, the judge ruled. And she certainly plans to.

"A lot of people are telling me they support my stand," Griffin told the AP.

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