Friday, August 18, 2006

OH has a "sore loser" law that CT doesn't

Ohio has what is known as a "sore loser" law. No, it doesn't have anything to do with the paranoid moonbat asshat conspiracy theories of Diebold machines and Kerry's loss in 2004. From
Republicans disagreed over whether the "sore loser" law would apply to state Sen. Joy Padgett, who announced her candidacy hours after Ney said Monday he would abandon his race for a seventh term. Ney is under scrutiny for his ties to Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist at the center of a congressional corruption scandal. He denies all wrongdoing and has not been charged.

State law generally bars politicians who lose a primary from entering the general election during the same year. Padgett was on the losing ticket for governor in the Republican primary in May. The office of Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who won the governor's primary, is now considering whether the law applies in this case.
In other words, if a politician loses his party's primary, he can't enter the general election as an independent (or other party) under most circumstances. I'm guessing that right about now, Democrats and the nutroots who got Ned Lamont nominated in Connecticut wish that CT had a similar law on the books. Unfortunately for them, CT has no such law.