The Hammer is Dead, Long Live the ....?

As soon as Tom DeLay announced his resignation, the chattering started about who would replace him--and how.

 

Already the mayor of Sugarland, David G. Wallace Jr., has announced he will run, and so has Tom Campbell, who got 30% of the vote in the March GOP primary, report both The Washington Post and The New York Times.

 

But how exactly will the election work? DeLay is already the official nominee for the November ballot. Legally he can't simply withdraw. DeLay himself told Time Magazine that he would change his official residence to his Virginia condominum, which would then make him ineligible to run in Texas. Presumably GOP officials wo uld then be able to replace him on the November ballot, where he was to face Democrat Nick Lampson, a former House member who lost his seat in Congress after Texas redistricting that DeLay orchestrated.

 

Exactly how this would and could work is being debated by legal experts over at Loyola Law School Professor Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog. Our question is: can DeLay, while under indictment in Texas, move to another state? Stay tuned.

 

 

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