On Thursday, a Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit challenging Canadian-born Senator Ted Cruz on whether he should be disqualified from representing the GOP based on ‘natural-born citizen.’
Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump went back and forth after the moderator posed the question to Cruz about his eligibility. Cruz then turned the question towards Trump. When the smoke cleared, Cruz said he doesn’t need legal advice from Trump, therefore, Cruz is not worried he can defend these questions about his birth.
The bigger issue from those thinking clearly is if Cruz does get the nomination, will he be damaged in the eyes of Democratic voters and will he have any crossover appeal after Republicans hounded Barack Obama on his birth certificate for years.
From Bloomberg :
The suit seeks a court definition of the term to clarify whether Republican Cruz — who was born in Canada to an American mother — can or can’t serve if elected.
“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Houston attorney Newton B. Schwartz Sr. said in his 28-page complaint. “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can finally decide, determine judicially and settle this issue now.”
Claiming that “time is of the essence” because of the rapidly approaching Iowa caucuses and March 1 Super Tuesday primaries, Schwartz asked that the case be expedited for resolution by the nation’s highest court as soon as possible.
Schwartz, 85, said in a phone interview he isn’t connected to any particular campaign, though he personally “probably” supports Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination.
“Honestly, I was watching C-SPAN one night when Donald Trump was talking about it and I couldn’t believe no one had thought to just file something with the court,” said Schwartz, a practicing trial attorney and self-described news junkie.
“It’s such a simple procedure — I’m amazed no one did it,” Schwartz said. “Senator Cruz should have filed it himself to avoid the question.”
Schwartz said he filed the paperwork himself with no one else advising him and he said he does not have an opinion for which way the court should rule.
“The country will be in chaos if he’s elected president or vice president and this goes to trial then,” Schwartz said. “I can see both sides of this argument.”
The attorney added that he’s got “nothing against” Cruz.
“If he gets cleared, he gets cleared,” Schwartz said. “Let’s just get this thing settled before the primaries and the convention and the election.”
There are two more congressmen who have already said they were going to bring suit if (1) Cruz is nominated while the other (2) If Cruz is elected. What do you have to say about this development? Share your thoughts below.