* While this is kind of insulting to the Illinois Republicans, the cash money will be welcome news…
National Republicans have begun to intervene in a handful of key Senate and House battlegrounds where state parties are in disarray, seeking to head off the possibility that local mismanagement could cost the party control of Congress.
The GOP presidential nominee will be impacted by the state party woes, but what especially worries Republican operatives are those states where there is no competition on top of the ticket but which feature a number of pivotal Senate and House contests.
These “orphan states,” most notably behemoths with traditionally weak parties like California, Illinois and New York, are increasingly the focus of top GOP officials in the nation’s capital this spring.
The Republican National Committee is going to set aside at least $10 to $15 million to aid states where there are competitive House and Senate races but minimal presidential action, a party official tells POLITICO. That’s enough to blunt the GOP’s financial disadvantage in several states, though not to erase the disparity or put the orphan-state groups on par with their swing-state counterparts.
Half that money will go to the orphans. The other half will be used for US Senate battles.
* Meanwhile, a guy who couldn’t get 40 valid petition signatures is upset that a new law prevents him from running as an independent…
A new Illinois state law designed to prevent sore losers from running against their primary opponents in general elections has knocked Bill Shelby, challenger for the Logan County coroner seat, off the November ballot - and he never even got the opportunity to be a sore loser.
After being denied a spot on the Republican primary ballot, and now the general election ballot, he will run as a write-in candidate.
“With all the money and effort I’ve already got in it, I just can’t quit now,” Shelby said. “It’s unheard of that a write-in candidate ever wins, but I’m going to keep going and hopefully people will turn out and write my name in.”
The new law, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn just days ago, says that if an individual registers, votes or gets kicked off a ballot while registered for one party during a primary election, the candidate cannot run as an independent during the general election.
It’s pretty simple. If you want to run as an independent in an election cycle, don’t take a Republican ballot or try to run as a Republican. Illinois law was a bit vague on this topic until the state Supreme Court stepped in. The new law just codifies the recent ruling. There was no big conspiracy.
Also, Shelby can still run as a third party candidate. It wouldn’t be easy, but it might be easier than running as a write-in.