Former Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett gets his day in court Tuesday.
In a hearing that begins at 11:45am, Corbett's attorneys will ask Polk County District Court Judge David May to overturn a ruling by the State Review Panel that said Corbett's Republican campaign for governor didn't turn in enough signatures on nominating petitions to make the ballot, and thus a June 5th primary election against Governor Kim Reynolds.
Corbett's nominating petition was declared to be 8 signatures short of the number that he needed to be on the ballot. In the request for the court to review the case, his attorneys say there were eight signatures that were actually correct but were mistakenly crossed off by the Corbett campaign before submitting the petitions.
The Challenge Board ruled 2 to 1 (with Iowa Attorney General voting against the two Republicans, Secretary of State Paul Pate and State Auditor Mary Mosiman) that the names weren't submitted by the campaign since they were crossed off, and couldn't be submitted after the deadline to put the petition over the top.
Corbett told reporters last week that he will abide by the judge's ruling. But he says he wanted another review of the case, much as there are instant replay reviews in televised sports.
Plus, he contended that the "establishment" GOP have been "out to get me" since he announced he was running for governor against Reynolds.