Jason Mariner Appears Constitutionally Eligible to Hold Federal Office

Jason Mariner Appears Constitutionally Eligible to Hold Federal Office

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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November 9, 2021

News outlets have been running with the narrative that Republican congressional nominee Jason Mariner is ineligible to hold public office because he did not go through the necessary process set in place by the Florida Commission on Offender Review and Office of Executive Clemency, but it appears as if he is eligible.

Mariner (pictured with Newt Gingrich), an ex-felon and recovered addict,  recently won the Republican congressional primary race in the District 20 special election to be held on January 3, 2021,

The new clemency rules were put in place by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year, but according to federal law, Mariner appears to be in the clear and eligible to hold office.

According to a letter Mariner sent exclusively to The Floridian,  Attorney David Mitchel Graham of Jacksonville, Florida believes that Mariner is eligible to hold federal office, citing the U.S. Constitution and several Supreme Court cases.

“The media allegations regarding Mr. Mariner’s eligibility to run for office in the 20th Congressional District are weak and baseless. To be clear, Mr. Mariner is eligible to hold office in the United States House of Representatives,” stated Graham.

According to Graham’s findings, which The Floridian independently corroborated, “There are three, and only three “positive” qualifications for Representative in Congress set out in the United States Constitution: (1) age (25 years); (2) citizenship (7 years); and (3) inhabitancy (one must be an “inhabitant” of the State from which chosen “when elected”)."

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Graham’s findings come from Article1, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”
— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 2, clause 2

The U.S. Constitution supersedes or “Trumps” any state law, so it appears as if Mariner, regardless of what state laws have been put in place, is eligible to hold federal office, if he wins his general election race next January.

“Evident in my legal council's letter, set forth in the United States Constitution, and as determined by our Founding Fathers, it is abundantly clear that I am a qualified candidate for United States Congress,” stated Mariner.

Also, Mariner has met all of the federal requirements to run and hold office.

Mariner’s attorney adds that Florida law supports his client’s case, citing  Florida statute.

Section 4, Article VI, Fla. Const., and section 98.0751, Fla. Stat. through Section 98.0751, Fla. Stat. (Restoration of voting rights; termination of ineligibility subsequent to a felony conviction) (1) A person who has been disqualified from voting based on a felony conviction for an offense other than murder or a felony sexual offense must have such disqualification terminated and his or her voting rights restored pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution upon the completion of all terms of his or her sentence, including parole or probation. Therefore, as is clearly written into Florida Law the voting disqualification must automatically terminate at the completion of all terms of his or her sentence, including parole or probation.

Mariner, who is registered to vote in Palm Beach County, has a solid case, but the bigger question will be if Progressive voter groups like the League of Women Voters, try to contest the U.S. Constitution.

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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