By HFP Reporter on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 |
Submitted by Micah Clark from AFA of Indiana - With the announcement from Congressman Souder comes the process for his replacement, which is a bit confusing right in the middle of an election year. My best information is that there will be a special election to fill the remainder of Mark’s term, then, perhaps even more important, is a vote among Republican party leaders for the candidate on the ballot this fall to challenge Democrat Tom Hayhurst for the next full 2011 & 2012 congressional term.
This can be two different people or the same individual. For example, Fort Wayne Republican City Councilor Liz Brown, one of the candidates mentioned, could both be elected to Congress in a special summer election and run for election to the next term in November. She could be elected to Congress for the rest of the year. The Republican precinct committee members could then choose Marlin Stutzman to challenge Hayhurst in November for the next two-year congressional term.
Some of the names most often mentioned are State Representative Randy Borror; Fort Wayne City Councilor Liz Brown; State Senator Dennis Kruse; State Senator David Long and State Senator Marlin Stutzman. Also on the list of possible candidates are the two people who challenged Congressman Souder in the Republican primary, Bob Thomas and Phil Troyer.
It seems to me that many conservatives are looking at Stutzman and Brown at this early point. Sen. Stutzman probably has the most momentum and is the one most often mentioned because he won several counties in the northern part of the district in his race for US Senate. Marlin also has good name recognition in the 3rd District. Still, predicting what might happen in this unique situation is purely a wild guess at this point.
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