Lauren Boebert cannot ‘silence speech’ from ‘American Muckrakers,’ must face defamation lawsuit, judge rules

Attending Donald Trump

Attending Donald Trump’s hush-money and election interference trial, Lauren Boebert is seen on May 16, 2024 in New York City. (Andrea Renault/STAR MAX/IPx 2024.)

Citing the First Amendment right to “engage in political speech,” a judge has ruled that Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado cannot dodge a defamation lawsuit filed against her by political activists critical of her during her 2022 reelection run.

The 55-page ruling handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathryn Starnella on June 9 breathed new life into a civil case first brought against the lawmaker by plaintiffs David Wheeler, a political activist, and the political action committee he co-founded, American Muckrakers PAC. The group’s other founder is retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis.

The PAC tried to throw cold water on Boebert’s reelection bid in 2022 when it published a series of claims about her that seemingly ran contrary to the conservative political stance she takes publicly. For example, the group alleged sources had informed it that she had two abortions, used methamphetamine, once worked as a paid escort on a “sugar daddy” website and wrecked an ATV she was driving while her son was in the back seat and her sister-in-law, Tobi Hooper, was also a passenger.

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