The work of No Labels to pursue a possible third-party ticket has alarmed Democrats for more than a year. They worry such a move would siphon votes away from President Biden in what is shaping up as a rematch between him and former President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump’s 2016 bid is widely perceived as having been aided by the presence of the Green Party nominee, Jill Stein, on the ballot in a handful of states.
Officials with No Labels have repeatedly suggested their efforts are conditional on whom the nominees are. But with less than 10 months until Election Day, anger at the group from people who do not want to see the likely Republican nominee become president has grown.
The suit relies on personal interactions that the Dursts, who are not registered Democrats, had with the group, such as with fund-raising solicitors, and on public reporting about No Labels’s activities. It says that No Labels worked against Mr. Biden’s Build Back Better legislation, and points out that in 2021, on its official Twitter account, the group criticized the work of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob as becoming “a partisan exercise.”
“A third-party ticket option will only discourage bipartisan reform because it will take votes away from one of the major political candidates, giving an advantage to the other candidate,” the suit says.