Supreme Courts Bursts Brimer Booster's Bubble
GOP state senator loses latest attempt to get Dem challenger off ballot
By Richard Whittaker,
1:33PM, Wed. Aug. 20, 2008
Remember the giddy days of 2000, when politicos would wait until after the election to get the courts to throw the results their way? Sen. Kim Brimer, R-Fort Worth, and a bunch of wholly unrelated groups (ahem!) have been fighting tooth-and-nail to get Democratic candidate Wendy Davis chucked off the ballot for his Senate District 10 seat. But Brimer has just been thrown another, and possibly final, legal defeat.
The question has been over whether Davis, who was on the Fort Worth council when she filed her paperwork to run, was therefore ineligible to run (read Brimer's original complaint here). But since every lower court has said Brimer has no grounds for his complaint, it's no surprise that the Supreme Court of Texas gave his latest request short (in fact, one line short) shrift yesterday.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Brimer has another appeal in with the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, but it seems a wild hope that the lower court would over-rule the highest court in the state. Looks like Brimer will have to spend some of that $1.5 million warchest of his on some actual campaigning.