|Pete Peterson (left) and Laura Campbell|
The Indiana State Republican Party allowed the outgoing county chairman, Pete Emigh, to make 71 last-minute PC appointments to rig the election to succeed him. Naturally, Emigh chose people guaranteed to vote for his handpicked replacement, Fishers Town Council member Pete Peterson. At today's caucus election, the PCs voted 151-115 to elect Peterson over Laura Campbell, who had been serving as the party's vice chair. So nearly fifty percent of Peterson's vote came from the appointments Emigh made at the last-minute in clear violation of state party rules. The state party, which conducted today's election, is now in the position of validating an election outcome that was clearly rigged from the outset.
UPDATE: According to figures provided to the Indianapolis Star's Chris Sikich, 52 of the 71 late-hour appointments made by Emigh showed up to vote. That means that if the state party had not ordered those votes counted, Campbell would have won the election by a 115-99 vote. Campbell is entitled to appeal the vote's outcome to the state party.