[Guest post by DRJ]
Remember when Rush Limbaugh encouraged Republicans to “pimp themselves for a day” and vote for Hillary Clinton in the Ohio and Texas Democratic Presidential primaries? This strikes me as a similar situation in Indiana following Evan Bayh’s retirement:
“A chart on Swing State Project lists [the deadline to file for the Indiana Senate race] as tomorrow, but the Indiana Secretary of State lists it as February 19. It seems that candidates have until tomorrow to collect the signatures, and until Friday to turn them in to the state.
ANOTHER UPDATE: On Twitter, there’s some talk that the Democrats might be able to appoint a candidate, contending that there is a ballot vacancy.
Not if little-known art-cafe owner Tamyra d’Ippolito collects enough signatures. As of three days ago, she was 1,000 signatures short.”
I’m not encouraging Republicans to sign Tamyra d’Ippolito’s petition but I am wondering if it makes sense.
UPDATE 2/16/2010: Either Tamyra did not get the requisite number of signatures or the Democrats made her an offer too good to refuse, because she did not file a petition by today’s deadline:
” Party officials say that Tamyra d’Ippolito of Bloomington failed to submit today the needed petitions to qualify as a Democratic candidate for Senate, meaning that no Democrat will be on the primary ballot. Instead, it seems party leaders will have a chance to pick their general election contender later this year.
Had Ms. d’Ippolito, a liberal unknown who has not run for office previously, been able to qualify, she would have been the party’s candidate in Mr. Bayh’s absence, making her an extreme long shot. And her presence on the ballot would have meant there was no vacancy for the party to fill.
Now Democrats say they can select their choice, and attention has focused mainly on Representative Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat from Evansville, as well as Representative Baron Hill, Democrat of Seymour. Party officials say they are also exploring other, less well-known names.”
Republicans say Bayh’s timing may well end up helping the Democrats:
” One problem is that both Mr. Ellsworth and Mr. Hill plan to qualify this week as House candidates. Republicans say it will not be proper if they do so only to later pull out to run for Senate, leaving Republicans with their House and Senate candidates while Democrats play political musical chairs.
To Republicans, that approach is not quite fair and means that Democrats could actually gain some advantage by Mr. Bayh pulling out just before the deadline for qualifying and allowing Democrats to avoid a Senate primary.”