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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:33 PM
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Another R retires and almost too late for Republicans to find a candidate.
Via Kos


CA-24: Gallegly (R) retires

by kos
Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:23:35 PM PDT

Not only did another Republican, Elton Gallegly retire, but he did so almost too late for Republicans to find a candidate to run for the seat.



Friday's retirement announcement by Republican Rep. Elton Gallegly, just hours before the filing deadline for the June 6 primary in California's 24th District, was a surprise to just about everybody -- including, apparently, the people who work for him. Staffers at his district office in Simi Valley said they were unaware of the congressman's decision until they received his press release.

Shock quickly turned to political chaos, as it was immediately unclear how Gallegly could be replaced on the Republican primary ballot, and by whom.

In his prepared statement, Gallegly cited a medical issue that "is yet to be resolved," and said he had been working for two weeks to determine how to remove his name from the ballot. "With no incumbent or other Republican in the race, I am confident candidates will come forward," Gallegly said.

He added that it "would not be fair to my constituents and supporters should I be forced to withdraw from the race mid-year."

Yet that may be exactly what will have to happen. Gallegly had filed to run for re-election before making his announcement. And Nghia Nguyen Demovic -- the press secretary for the office of the Secretary of State, which oversees California's elections -- said a candidate cannot legally pull his name off the ballot once he has qualified and the filing deadline has passed.

If that is correct -- and barring the discovery of a legal loophole -- Gallegly will have to remain on the June 6 primary ballot. That will leave state Republican officials and would-be successor candidates scrambling to state election law experts to see how Gallegly could be replaced if he were to win the primary but renounce his nomination.



Democrats have three candidates vying to challenge this district, which went for Bush by 56 percent in 2004.

It's for the unexpected like this that it's important to have challengers for every district. Republicans may be faced in a situation where they can't legally field a candidate in the general.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/3/10/232335/123

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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:59 AM
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1. "citing a medical issue that "is yet to be resolved,"
Gee, I wonder if that 'medical issue' is Gallegly trying to have his hand surgically removed from Abramoff's wallet
without anyone noticing?

I'm only suggesting. :evilgrin:
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 04:08 AM
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2. bing, bing, bing....
I think we have a winner!

Go ahead! Take a bow!

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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 07:49 PM
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3. LOL! I love the applause.
OK, you talked me into it.

(Even if I'm hours late in doing so and no one but us posted in this thread.)

Oh well, it's everyone else's loss!
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