State Senator Denise Harper Angel is now campaigning in the very same neighborhood for which she seeks to disqualify from Scott Ritcher’s petition.
We couldn’t make this up if we tried, so read the entire release from the Ritcher campaign for yourself.
Denise Harper Angel campaigned Monday night to voters in a neighborhood she is asking Jefferson Circuit Court to declare is outside her district’s boundaries.
At a meeting of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council, the incumbent Democratic State Senator addressed an audience at St. Elizabeth’s School and asked for their votes in the November election. However, according to claims made in her lawsuit against the Board of Elections and independent candidate Scott Ritcher, nearly everyone in Schnitzelburg is ineligible to vote in her district.
Schnitzelburg is a small neighborhood that borders Germantown. It is triangular in shape and bound by Goss Avenue, Shelby Street, and Clarks Lane. District 35 includes just a few blocks of Schnitzelburg at the northern tip of this triangle. (The Encyclopedia of Louisville (University Press of Kentucky, 2001), p. 790) (LRC Map of District 35)
In court documents, Angel claims 18 of the 105 voters who signed Ritcher’s nominating petition live outside the district. She argues their signatures should be disqualified and Ritcher’s candidacy revoked.
Nearly all the disputed signatories named in the case are Schnitzelburg voters who live within walking distance or line-of-sight from St. Elizabeth’s School.
Read the rest after the jump…
At the meeting, Angel greeted the crowd, telling them “half of Schnitzelburg” lies in District 35, including the school where the event was being held.
St. Elizabeth’s School is located at 1016 East Burnett Avenue in voting precinct H141 which is part of State Senate District 19. (Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium)
After her comments, Ritcher stood and asked Angel to clarify where the boundaries are. She insisted that St. Elizabeth’s School and a large part of the neighborhood are in District 35. This is not only incorrect, but if it were true, it would contradict the primary argument of her lawsuit, that voters in that neighborhood live outside the district.
Angel appeared bothered by the question, told Ritcher the boundary was “for the judge to decide” and returned to her seat while he was asking for clarification. She remained seated and took no further audience questions.
Ritcher turned to the audience, explained the case and added, “I think if it’s important enough for her to sue somebody… and to use our taxpayer dollars in court, she should know where the line is.”
He also stated that Angel’s own website erroneously describes areas of the county as being part of the district which are not. (District incorrectly described on Denise Harper Angel’s website)
Angel is asking a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge to void any votes cast for Ritcher in this November’s election for the District 35 Kentucky State Senate seat she currently holds.
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office certified Ritcher’s candidacy in August and will not remove his name from the ballot. Ballot access can only be overturned through a lawsuit if Ms. Angel can convince the court to disqualify enough signatures.
Democratic and Republican candidates are not required to collect signatures to appear on general election ballots, however, they are free to challenge the petitions submitted by independent and third-party candidates.
83% of the petitioners Angel seeks to disqualify are Democrats and almost all of them live in Schnitzelburg.
Just give it up, Denise. You’re making a fool of yourself and the Kentucky Democratic Party.