Now, we know that State Rep. Jon Elrod (R) announced his candidacy before Carson's death last November, and that he has filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC. Brian Howey reports that Tom Rose (who the hell is he besides being a former publisher for the Jerusalem Post) is running and will have lots of money for the race. Also, Howey throws in the names of perennial candidate Marvin Scott and Blan Dickerson, son of the party's 2006 candidate. Although Elrod assures me he has the backing of the party, Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John and state GOP Chairman Murray Clark have said nothing publicly about supporting his candidacy, leading many to speculate there have been backroom negotiations to find a different, as-of-yet, unnamed candidate. Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is the name most-often mentioned. The rumor mills are running at full steam. Taking Down Words writes:
TDW has now heard from several sources that Republicans are waiting to find out who's running on the Democratic side in the Seventh District vacancy caucus. (That deadline is 10 a.m. tomorrow.)
After all the forms are filed, the rumored plan is that rookie State Rep. Jon Elrod will bow out, and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi will step in as the GOP consensus candidate.
Elrod declared his interest in the race months ago, but his candidacy has generated little excitement. If the whispers are true, Elrod might be able to avoid becoming a casualty of Rising Star Syndrome, whereby young'uns outgrow their political britches at record speed and then can't figure out where everybody went.
With a deadline tomorrow morning for GOP candidates to announce their candidacies, just 72 hours before precinct committeepersons meet to select a candidate, this is an absolute joke. If the GOP thinks all this secrecy behind its Sunday caucus is good for the party, think again. A process that denies public debate and empowers a few could very well doom what little chance your candidate has of winning this special election and the November race to represent the voters of the 7th District. The party has proved itself completely incompetent in running campaigns in the 7th District in the past. It appears this year will be no different.