The complaint, filed Thursday by the nonpartisan advocacy group Free Speech For People, asks the Georgia secretary of state to disqualify the extremist first-term representative from reelection under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist disqualification clause.”
Greene has staunchly defended the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and notoriously called fellow supporters of then-President Donald Trump to “our 1776 moment” in an interview the day before, the complaint notes.
She “voluntarily aided and engaged in insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power,” the complaint argues, which makes her “ineligible” to serve in the House of Representatives.
The 14th Amendment states that no person may hold political office who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” or “given aid or comfort” to the nation’s enemies. The section was initially aimed at lawmakers who plotted against the government during the Civil War.
Free Speech For People filed a similar challenge to the reelection of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) early this year. A federal judge dismissed that case on March 4, but the organization has urged North Carolina officials to appeal.