After I posted about Indiana Republican Secretary of State candidate Charlie White's violations of state election laws while running to be the top election official in the Hoosier state, the story has continued to grow. My article gets a mention in a CBS news report (the video is after the jump) after a formal complaint was filed seeking a special prosecutor and a grand jury investigation of White's fraudulent voter registration and seven months spent as a Fishers town council member while not living in the area.
While I reiterate my stance that White should immediately drop out of the race, there's no way that he will. Indiana law says that all parties must field a candidate for secretary of state to keep their status as a major political party. If White dropped out, the Republicans would be forced to gather signatures for each individual Republican candidate in the state to appear on the ballot. The Republicans are stuck with a candidate who has committed voter fraud.
Look for this case of voter fraud to have far-reaching consequences - not only for Indiana Republicans but also Governor Mitch Daniels hopeful presidential campaign. Daniels hand selected White to be the party's candidate and hasn't withdrawn his support. Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is throwing a fundraiser for White this week while also ignoring the controversy. Will the Mayor cancel the shindig? It doesn't seem likely with the state party's future on the line.
As an interesting aside, with Blue Dog Dem Brad Ellsworth going down to social conservative Republican Dan Coats for Indiana's open Senate seat, Oslii, a social progressive, would be the highest elected Democrat official if he wins. That means he would choose the new state party chair - removing Evan Bayh's politically homophobic yes-man, Dan Parker, from power.
Watch for the funny moment during the end when the reporter says that "some in the party" [read: leadership] are complaining that Vop Oslii, the Democrat candidate, hasn't done enough to push this story. The following sentence - that the state party will finally make a statement a week after the story broke - is ignorance crystalized; I'd expect no less from the "leadership" that also okayed anti-gay fliers at election time, defended Evan Bayh's AIDS joke, and generally thwarts any Democrat who doesn't mimic a conservative Republican.
If you want to change the state of LGBT issues in Indiana, you'll need a new head of the state party. Donate to Oslii's campaign today to help ensure a more progressive future for Indiana.
(Crossposted from my home blog, Bilerico Project. Come visit me there to see why both the Washington Post and the Advocate magazine named us one of the top 10 LGBT political blogs in the nation.)
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