A judge in Colorado has ruled that a Republican politician in the state cannot use the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” – a popular slogan used by opponents of President Joe Biden – as part of his name on the June GOP primary ballot, as The Denver Post reports.
The ruling came after State. Rep. David Williams filed suit against Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who rejected the Republican’s submission of the name Dave “Let’s Go Brandon” Williams for inclusion on the primary ballot in his quest for the 5th Congressional District seat.
Williams uses the aforementioned moniker on his social media accounts, and he even filed his lawsuit against Griswold under that name, and as such, Denver District Judge Andrew McCallin agreed that the Republican candidate did establish proper use of the nickname, according to The Hill.
However, the judge also found that Griswold did indeed have the authority to stop William’s use of the phrase on the June ballot, despite the fact that state law does allow nicknames encased in quotation marks on election ballots under some circumstances.
“Let’s Go Brandon” caught fire among conservatives when a mainstream media reporter made a failed attempt to disguise what was, in fact, a rather crude insult about the current president chanted at a NASCAR race, and it has since become a rallying cry for those standing in opposition to his policies.
As such, Griswold declared that the judge was correct in finding that it had no place on election paperwork, saying, “The court’s decision today affirms that the content of the ballot is not a place for political gamesmanship.”
“As Secretary of State, I will always protect Colorado voters’ right to accessible elections and that includes a ballot that is fair and transparent. My Office will continue to uphold Colorado election law and safeguard voters’ right to make their voice heard,” Griswold’s office said.
In the wake of his court defeat, Williams declared his intention to appeal the decision, suggesting that legislators intervene of the state Supreme Court will not hear the matter. In the past, the congressional hopeful stated that he simply wished to include the phrase as part of his name on the ballot to express his “disgust” for “out-of-control government.”
Whether Williams’ appeal gains traction in time for ballot printing is something that remains to be seen, but regardless of the outcome of the dispute, the now-ubiquitous nature of the slogan offers overwhelming proof that legions of Coloradans are in agreement with the sentiments behind it.