In a major victory for an underdog candidate, Mark R. Fisher won his legal battle against the Massachusetts Republican Party Friday when a judge called for resolving a lawsuit by putting Fisher’s name on the primary election ballot.
The stunning turn of events should make Fisher, a member of the Tea Party movement, an official candidate for governor, provided he also submits 10,000 valid voter signatures to election officials.
Fisher said he met the signature threshold by Tuesday’s deadline, but election officials are certifying signatures and the accuracy of individual signatures may yet be challenged.
Fisher filed a suit in Suffolk Superior Court last month contending that the party failed to follow its own rules at its convention and cheated him out of a spot on the primary ballot. Though party leaders disputed that claim, maintaining they had done nothing wrong, they relented this week and filed a motion agreeing to let Fisher be on the ballot if the court delayed the trial, discovery, and the deliberation over damages until after the election.
Fisher has opposed that move, saying he would need to recover damages to have resources for a campaign. He also said he still wanted the GOP to hand over documents he thinks would vindicate his claims, tally sheets showing the vote on the day of the convention.
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