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UPDATE: Panel dismisses Trump ballot complaint


UPDATE: The New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission made quick work of former state GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen's dispute of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump placement on the GOP primary ballot, dismissing the complaint within five minutes Tuesday.

Cullen claimed that Trump does not represent the views of the Republican Party. "I'm also here to warn that Donald Trump does not share our democratic values. He is a dangerous demagogue ..."

Commission Chairman Bradford E. Cook interrupted Cullen at that point to ask what authority the commission had to consider any of his claims relative to his views.

Cook also said he checked and confirmed that Trump is a registered Republican in New York. Added Cook, "Why are we here?"

The chairman called a vote, which was unanimous in support of Trump on the ballot.

Cullen was only given about four minutes to speak before Cook cut into his testimony and brought the matter to a conclusion.

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(The original story published Monday night is below:)

Former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen has filed a complaint with the state's Ballot Law Commission to try to dispute GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a Republican candidate.

In his six-page complaint, Cullen claims Trump must "present evidence that he is a registered member of the Republican Party because his views, expressed over decades, are inconsistent with the Republican Party platform and the Republican Party of New Hampshire's statement of principles and bylaws."

Cullen, in a phone interview Monday night, said he filed the complaint himself, and not in concert with any other person or organization.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in a statement to the Union Leader, suggested that Cullen works for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rival far behind Trump in the polls.

"Number one, Mr. Trump’s views do comport with the Republican Party and number two, from a constitutional stand point, there is such a thing as freedom of speech," Lewandowski said. "To file such a document against the person who is not only the frontrunner, but leading by tremendous margins is outrageous. If anything like this would ever happen Mr. Trump’s supporters would probably riot in the streets of New Hampshire. This is yet another attempt by the failed GOP establishment to keep Mr. Trump off the ballot because they know he is the only one who can Make America Great Again.”

In response to Lewandowski's claim, Cullen said he is not working for Kasich, and that he so far remains uncommitted. He and his wife Jenny held a house party for Kasich last weekend. He has also held events for Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.

The Ballot Law Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Room 305 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord to consider about half a dozen disputes. Click here to see the complaints.

You can read the complaint Cullen filed below:


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