State Republican Party leaders will now allow a Tea Party-affiliated candidate who sued for ballot access to run in the party’s upcoming gubernatorial primary.
The shift could mean an electoral contest between the party’s currently endorsed nominee, 2010 gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, and businessman Mark Fisher.
The Associated Press reports:
Fisher had sued the party seeking access to the ballot after he said it violated its own vote-counting rules at its state convention in March by including blank ballots in the tally and adding 54 blanks to the total after the roll call on the convention floor. The party maintains Fisher fell just short of qualifying for the primary ballot by failing to win the needed 15 percent of delegate votes.
The change comes after both sides accused the other of engaging in seven-figure bribery and a GOP offer to allow Fisher on the ballot in exchange for postponing the discovery phase of his case until after the election.
Fischer still reportedly plans to seek monetary damages in the case.Caesar can be reached at Christopher.Caesar@globe.com or via Twitter @ChrisCaesar.