Ousted Congressman sues anti-abortion PAC for “loss of livelihood”

by Walter Olson on December 23, 2010

New frontiers in campaign law? Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus, defeated in November’s election, is suing the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion political group, for depriving him of his “livelihood” by way of allegedly unfair campaign attacks. [Cincinnati Enquirer, Politico]

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1 Richard Nieporent 12.23.10 at 7:42 am

He is an utter fool. What is he planning to do next, ask the court to throw out the results of the election and reinstate him to his “rightful” place in the House of Representatives? Imaging if politicians were legally held to the truthfulness of their statements, such as the Alan Grayson, Taliban Dan ad. They would all be in jail!

2 Bob Wray 12.23.10 at 12:00 pm

I thought for sure this would have been Alan Grayson. Maybe he’s just getting ready to file his.

3 GregS 12.23.10 at 12:46 pm

Why doesn’t he also sue the voters of his district? After all, it was they who actually deprived him of his job.

There’s an interesting implication to this story. Politicians are one of the few groups of ‘employees’ who aren’t protected by laws forbidding discrimination in hiring or laws on wrongful dismissal. What if the courts decide that they should be? It’s an interesting thought, that applying the employment protections that everyone else already has to politicians would destroy democratic government.

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