GOP will not refund fees for disqualified candidates
The Cullman Times reports: Cullman attorneys Tommy and Kim Drake filed suit against the Alabama Republican Party for allegedly keeping nearly $7,000 in qualifying fees after booting the couple from the ballot in the wake of complaints of “political opportunism” by the Cullman County GOP.
Tommy Drake had signed up to run against Republican incumbent Robert Aderholt in the 4th Congressional District in north Alabama, and his wife, Kim, had signed up to challenge Republican incumbent Beth Kellum for the state Court of Criminal Appeals. Their disqualification leaves Aderholt and Kellum without any opposition in the party primary June 3 or the general election Nov. 4.
In their civil suit against the Alabama GOP filed in Jefferson County District Court Thursday, the Drakes allege that since its executive committee voted to remove them from the ballot in February, it has failed to return $6,660.05 in qualifying fees they paid. They are demanding the Alabama GOP pay them back the qualifying fees (plus all interest and legal fees) as well as $19,000 in punitive damages.
They are charging the state GOP with breach of implied contract, unjust enrichment and fraud, misrepresentation and deceit. Calls to the Drakes and state GOP Chairman Bill Armistead for comment were not returned Friday. -- Cullman Times, 24 May 2014