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Inflammatory Language Rejected From Wisc. Ballot

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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Independent Candidate for State Assembly Fights to Use Slogan "Not the Whiteman's Bitch" on Ballot

(CBS/AP)  A legislative candidate from Wisconsin barred from using a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot is taking her fight to federal court.

State law allows independent candidates to have five words describing themselves placed after their names on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin, an independent running for Milwaukee's 10th District seat in the state Assembly, wants to use the phrase, "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch."'

The state's Government Accountability Board on Wednesday barred her from using the language on the ballot, and on Thursday she filed a federal writ of habeas corpus seeking an order allowing the wording.

The board said the wording was pejorative and therefore not allowed.

Griffin argues the wording is protected free speech, and defended her slogan to CBS Affiliate WDJT correspondent Dylan Wilbur.

"'Whiteman's bitch' is in quotations," said Griffin. "It's not geared towards a person. The whiteman is a compound word put together. A bitch is a dog or a rollover.

"I'm making a statement that says, 'I'm not an average politician,'" she told Wilbur.

After first saying she couldn't use the phrase on the grounds that it's obscene and derogatory, the state's Government Accountability Board voted 3-2 Wednesday to allow it, reported WDJT. However, four votes were needed.

So as of now, Griffin will only have "independent" next to her name on the ballot.
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SRiveroC
by on Aug. 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM


 

Quote:

 "I'm making a statement that says, 'I'm not an average politician,'" she told Wilbur.


So why didnt she just say that, instead of using inflammatory, polarizing language?

I'm also confused why she would file a writ of habeas corpus *shrugs*

DangerDarling
by Fabulous on Aug. 7, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Hmm. It's interesting that those are the words she'd use to describe herself. Eh. 

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I guess its a way to get your name in the paper and draw attention to oneself.

Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on Aug. 7, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Is she on crack?  Why have ANYTHING next to your name on the ballot?  Oy!!!

Quoting fireangel5:

"'Whiteman's bitch' is in quotations," said Griffin. "It's not geared towards a person. The whiteman is a compound word put together. A bitch is a dog or a rollover. 


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 7, 2010 at 11:47 PM
So who does "the bitch" belong to?
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muslimah
by on Aug. 8, 2010 at 2:23 AM

Doesn't she show allot of class? NOT !!!

If she doesn't represent trash then I don't know who does.

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