Monday, June 02, 2008
GOP Chooses Zoeller For Attorney General
State GOP delegates this afternoon rebuked efforts by Gov. Mitch Daniels and other party leaders to force upon them Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas as the party's nominee for Attorney General. Chief Deputy Attorney General Greg Zoeller coasted to victory with 60% of the votes, or a margin of over 300 votes. The nearly 2,000 delegates and guests streamed out of the convention as soon as the vote was read, leaving Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman rushing to deliver her acceptance speech before the room cleared entirely. Gov. Daniels, ushered into the convention today by a marching band, delivered a rousing and convincing speech for four more years in the state's top office. Gov. Daniels and some party leaders may be disappointed that their man, Jon Costas, lost his bid to become the Attorney General nominee, but the delegates clearly felt Zoeller was the better choice. I have no reason to believe the party leadership will not unite behind Zoeller's candidacy. Now, as for those big law firms who wanted Costas to win so badly, all bets are off. If they think Pence will throw business their way if she is elected, they'll probably be sending money her way. Zoeller, however, will be the odds on favorite to win in November.