While I’ve been trying to sort out the bizarre story that seems to have descended on the 28th District over the past several days, I’ve learned that instead of Dan Chichester being the candidate who gets handed the baton from retiring Senator John Chichester, it’s likely going to be Stafford Vice Chairman Coyd Sterling. To add further bizarrity to this story is that Sterling is apparently serving on the rules committee for the 28 District convention, and after finalizing rules for the convention that he might be comfortable with he will then file to run as a candidate himself. What a way to run a railroad.
I hope some folks with better understanding of how things should be done start weighing in on this process rather quickly. This is ridiculous.
UPDATE: After some more digging around on this, it’s becoming clear that there was an attempt by a few Chichester supporters to rescue themselves from the conditions that Chichester’s late retirement announcement imposed on them. After trying to call an emergency meeting of the 28th District Committee too late, and without any real chance of having a quorum, they got stuck with the original call that specified that a convention would be held. Now these folks are loudly complaining to all that will listen that they’re in a difficult position. Jim Riley sums it up pretty well in a comment over at NLS where he says:
The bottom line is, the Chichester crew screwed up. Chichester himself waited too long to announce his retirement. His supporters waited too long to call for a meeting to request a primary. His supporters requested a primary after the state deadline for doing so had passed. They have no one but themselves to blame, but they will contine to whine nonetheless about how unfair it is that their own incompetence did them in.
Although there’s a lot of noise here, any substance of a scandal seems to be somewhat lacking.
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