Casey Says Challenging Earl's Petitions Was His Idea

Sep 30, 2014

The Republican operative whose petition challenge resulted in Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl being disqualified from the November ballot says he received help from Governor John Kasich's re-election campaign, but came up with the idea on his own.

Terry Casey testified in federal court Monday he discussed his challenge with top Kasich campaign advisers and exchanged emails and phone calls with them as he conducted his research.  The Libertarian Party of Ohio is suing to have Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary restored to ballot. The trial is expected to run through Wednesday. Libertarians allege Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to disqualify of the candidates was based on partisan reasons and therefore unconstitutional.