*Ooopsie ! OH ping*
If I live to be 100, I don't think I will ever see such a promising congressional candidate screw up so badly on such a simple task. Wilson's a freaking state senator, and he can't get 50 valid signatures from residents of the district? All he had to do was talk to a Steubenville union leader and get 500 signatures by the next day; even if 90% of them were illegal he'd still get the 50 he needed.
As I posted last week, Wilson can either run as a write-in in the RAT primary or as an independent in the general. If he runs as an independent, it will ensure a GOP victory in a district that gave President Bush 51%, since even if the Democrat primary winner drops out he'll still get like 10% from stupid voters due to the D next to his name. So Wilson will probably run as a write-in in the RAT primary. While winning a primary as a write-in is not impossible (especially with an easy name to spell and remember such as Charlie Wilson and with such lackluster opponents), Wilson will have to spend quite a bit of time and money on a nomination that everyone thought he had sewn up. All I know is, what looked like a 50-50 chance at a GOP pickup now looks like a 75-25 chance, since if either of the two nobodies running in the RAT primary wins, he'll lose in the general.
This is too good.
Now if only Bob Taft were to be removed from the political scene. (read my tagline)
Thanks to CF for bailing me out! :-)
The idea that you cannot replace a petition before the deadline bothers me. The Florida and NJ Scotus wouldn't stand for it. :)