Casey Seiler reported on today’s court hearing in the challenge to Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for President. From the Times Union report: “State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein heard arguments Thursday afternoon in a suit brought by two men who want the court to offer what their attorney frequently referred to as “clarity” on the question of whether U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is a “natural born” citizen, and therefore eligible to become president according to the language of Article 2 of the Constitution.”
“Grant Lally of Mineola — who ran for Congress against Democratic Rep. Steve Israel in 2014 — represented Cruz, and was accompanied by a constitutional scholar, though that particular arrow remained in the quiver. Lally called the deadline issue “a fatal defect. … They’re time-barred, and that’s it.”
Lally also said that the necessary party in this case was neither Cruz nor the board but the Republican state committee, which is responsible for selecting delegates to the national convention; the primary, he argued, was in a sense nothing more than a “beauty contest” that tells the party how to apportion delegates.
Lally suggested the more appropriate body to answer questions of eligibility was Congress or the electoral college — the state-based bodies that ratify the popular vote after the general election.”