The firing of the candidate did not violate the First Amendment right of political affiliation because he was fired for candidacy, not affiliation. At 1252: "The right to political affiliation does not encompass the mere right to affiliate with oneself. ..." Nor does it violate the right of free speech; although candidacy is treated as speech, the Sheriff's interest in effective law enforcement outweighed the candidate's interest in being a candidate.
The firing of jailers and deputy sheriffs did present a First Amendment question as to which defendant was not entitled to summary judgment. See: Jantzen v. Hawkins, 188 F.3d 1247 (10th Cir. 1999).
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Jantzen v. Hawkins
|Cite||188 F.3d 1247 (10th Cir. 1999)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|