|Two important takeaways:
First, he is convinced that the ADP and Judge Kennedy in particular has a vendetta against him. Quote from the Gadsden Times:
"This is a war between you and me personally," Lyon told Kennedy at the end of his presentation.
He has accused the ADP of running him off the ballot so they can appoint a hand-picked candidate. The fact that the "Show Cause" order was signed the same day as the disqualification dismissal is his evidence.
Really? If Lyon had shown some self-restraint and stayed off Facebook last weekend, he would not have been in that hearing yesterday and would still be the Democratic nominee.
Second, Mr. Lyon kept claiming his "First Amendment rights" and speaking his opinion "as is my right". It's my right to go up to the biggest, meanest SOB I can find and talk bad about his mama, too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.
The decision to remove him from the Democratic ballot was made by a 5-member committee:
Judge Kennedy was on it as chair but DID NOTE VOTE when the decision was made. The 4 others on the committee were Maitland Adams, the Rev. Randy Kelley, Unzell Kelley, and Janet May. As an Alabama Democrat, I thank them for ensuring Mr. Lyon got a fair hearing yesterday.
MAKE NO MISTAKE - Harry Lyon was disqualified not because of his views on homosexuality or religion - the Democratic Party has no "litmus test" - or even because of campaign finances (yes, he testified about a non-issue), but for his inability to conduct himself as a serious judicial candidate. He has only himself to blame.
It is the decision of the State Democratic Executive Committee that Mr. Lyon clearly violated the state party's by-laws and this, along with his increasingly erratic behavior, have undermined his ability to stand as a candidate for the Democratic Party.
Now, the circus is over. Let's get on with electing progressive Democrats.