Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Filling Vacancies

Watching the the Deanna Hanna debacle from afar, I somehat hope she holds on to limp into the next election. That's because in CO legislature vacancies are filled by small committees formed by the vacating incumbents party. If Sen. Hanna resigns in disgrace, party insiders can annoint a new Senator who can run as an incumbent for a full term in the next election.

Here in NY we hold special elections in theory, but in practice, party bosses still fill the vacancies, at least in Manhattan. The County designated Democrat Linda Rosenthal overwhelmed her competiton, including the better qualified Republican Emily Csendes. Emily came in third, in a four candidate field, and ran a spirited race in a difficult district.