Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Marlin Stutzman For Congress

Here's the chance. This is why it's always good to lose gracefully.

This is just in.

Indianapolis - Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder is apologizing for an affair with a staffer and say he'll resign from Congress effective Friday.

After losing to Dan Coats in the GOP Senate Primary, Stutzman seems to be the natural choice to be appointed to fill the remaining days of the term, and to be selected to run on the November ballot.

Governor Mitch Daniels has only one real choice here. This is the only hope of retaining the seat for the GOP.


Evidently, I am mistaken. Here is how the law provides in this situation.

Under Indiana Code 3-10-8-1(3), the seat will remain vacant until a special election is held. The winner of the election must then take the oath of office and be seated by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Unlike the U.S. Senate where vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment, there is no appointment to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. Under Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, vacancies in the U.S. House must be filled by special election.

Time for the GOP to name Stutzman as the candidate for either a special election or the November one.

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