by Jim Nintzel
Attorney Bill Risner has filed a lawsuit to knock Green Party candidate Charles Manolakis off the ballot in the Congressional District 8 special election on June 12 to complete the term of Gabrielle Giffords, who stepped down from Congress in January.
Risner filed the court case on behalf of Luke Knipe, a Democratic Party activist who noticed that Manolakis is a registered Democrat, not a member of the Green Party.
If Manolakis is kicked off the ballot, then there would be no third-party candidate on the ballot when Democrat Ron Barber, a longtime aide to Giffords, faces the winner of the April 17 Republican Party primary between state Sen. Frank Antenori, 2010 GOP congressional nominee Jesse Kelly, broadcaster and businessman Dave Sitton and former Air Force fighter pilot Martha McSally.
A hearing has been set for March 12, according to a court document.