MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips wants Wisconsin Supreme Court to order him on primary ballot in battleground state after being elected excluded by the state’s top Democrats who only put the president Joe Bidenthe name of on the ballot paper.
Phillips asked the state’s highest court Friday to take up his case. Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court gave the committee which offered Biden’s name as the sole Democratic candidate, along with the state election commission, until Wednesday to respond. Former President Donald Trump and five of his challengers, including four who stopped campaigning, will also be on the Wisconsin ballot.
Phillips, who represents neighboring Minnesota in Congress, is launch a long-term offer to defeat Biden. He is the only elected Democrat to challenge Biden.
Phillips wants quick action in Wisconsin, asking the state Supreme Court to rule on the case by Feb. 9 to avoid conflict with mail-in ballot distribution deadlines before the primaries on April 2.
Phillips argues that his request to be placed on the ballot was illegally ignored by the Wisconsin Presidential Preference Selection Committee, made up of Republican and Democratic leaders who nominate names for the ballot, and by the Wisconsin Elections Commission .
Phillips argued that he met the criteria under Wisconsin law to get on the ballot, which states that a candidate must be “generally advocated or recognized in the national news media.”
According to the lawsuit, a top adviser to Phillips contacted the chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party on Dec. 2 to ask him to talk about ballot access. Four days later, Phillips’ adviser received a call from the executive director of the state Democratic Party who acknowledged the request to be placed on the ballot, but gave no indication that Phillips would be, according to the lawsuit.
A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Democratic Party declined to…