A headache in the making.
Tacky at "Taking a Crack at It" reveals an interesting dilema facing Dem officials.
As in most things in life, this bugaboo is due to timing.
John Woods of Rock Island ran against Virgil Mayberry for a seat on the county board last go-round and lost the race.
But due to the fact that Woods is employed by the US Postal Service, he ran afoul of the Hatch Act which prohibits federal employees from running for office.
This lead to the Postal Service telling him he couldn't hold office as a precinct committteeman either, and so Woods resigned his position as South Rock Island 2 precinct committeeman.
Next in the chain of events, R.I. Chairman John Gianulis duly appointed a replacement for Woods.
I'll let Tacky take it from here:
Johnston said he has not received any notice from the county clerk and therefore, invited Woods to the meeting of committeemen in Galesburg. Where Mayberry and Gianulis were also present.Well, guess no one has repealed Murphy's Law.
Gianulis, knowing Woods had resigned appointed a woman to replace him as committeeman. Johnston did not invite her.
Johnston depending on attorney Stuart Lefstien’s interpretation of the Illinois laws says appointed committeemen cannot vote in the selection process to replace Rep. Lane Evans.
Woods apparently has received ballots that are weighted for 71 votes, the number of people who voted in the Democratic primary. He needs to return them unfilled to Liebovitz.
Unless Gianulis’ appointment is approved, the 71 voters in Rock Island 2 will be disenfranchised. Can any of those voters sue for being left out of the equation?
By recognizing Gianulis’ appointment in one precinct, does Johnston open himself to recognizing all the other appointees?
What is the probability of Phil Hare or Sen. John Sullivan losing by 71 votes? If one of them does, will it result in a lawsuit?
How interesting that a situation crops up which again raises a contentious issue which had been assumed to be settled, with great relief.
Now a decision as to whether an appointed committeeman will be allowed to vote is again up for grabs.
My take? Somehow, it should be finessed so that Wood's replacement is able to vote Wood's share of votes. The reasoning being that this situation is separate and distinct from the issue of precincts with no committeeman prior to the primary being filled by appointees.
Woods was elected in the last primary, and, in an almost perverse twist of fate, John G. now needs to appoint a successor to an officeholder who can no longer serve.
With any luck, a law or other opinion might be given which gives some guidance as to the correct course on this odd case.