Robby Starbuck, a GOP candidate for the 5th Congressional District in Tennessee was put back on the ballot after getting a temporary injunction from a judge Friday night.
The ruling said that Tennessee’s GOP violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.
The suit stated that Starbuck was supposed to be given a public hearing to decide the complaint against him.
Twenty-four hours before the meeting he was told his representatives could not join him — and later that he could not attend the hearing.
Robby Starbuck was ordered to be placed back on the Republican ballot for the Aug. 4 primary in the 5th Congressional District in Tennessee after a judge granted his request for a temporary injunction on Friday night.
Starbuck had previously lost a request for an injunction in U.S. District Court but was granted the injunction by Chancery Judge Russell Perkins in Davidson County Chancery Court.
Perkins ruled that Tennessee’s Republican Party violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by voting 13-3 against his Tennessee Republican bonafides at a closed meeting.
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon celebrated the victory saying “this is a huge victory for transparency in elections.”
My partner @MikeColumboEsq represented @robbystarbuck on these claims in federal court; federal judge suggested we pursue state claims in state court, which Robby did with our excellent co-counsel, Sherrard Roe Voigt Harbison. This is a huge victory for transparency in elections!
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) June 4, 2022
Robby Starbuck also celebrated the news and said this case proves he is the fighter Tennesse needs.
BREAKING: WE DID IT! WE WON our court case! The court has instructed @TNGOP to tell the state that their decision to kick me off the ballot is invalid! Tennessee needs a fighter and we've proven with my relentless pursuit of Justice that I'll be the fighter TN needs! pic.twitter.com/GucSN72I8j
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 4, 2022