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September 30, 2002

How to Replace Torricelli

With Torricelli dropping out -- thank god -- the question is how to legally replace him. Assuming that the Dems can't replace him legally, there is a simple option. Torricelli hands Governor McGreevey a a legally binding resignation, posting a bond if necessary, dated the day after the election. McGreevey announces who will replace Torricelli -- likely Rep. Bob Menendez (my Congressman) -- and that person campaigns for the job.

The tricky part is explaining to folks that they still need to vote for Torricelli to elect Menendez or whoever, but heck-- they figured out how to vote for a dead guy in Missouri last election (and reportedly will have to do so in Hawaii for Patty Mink's seat) -- so folks can get educated on how to do it. Luckily the Dems have the Governor's seat so they can use this scenario if needed.

Update: Daily Kos has another scenario.

Posted by Nathan at September 30, 2002 08:25 PM

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It turns out that, under New Jersey's election laws, you don't even need to go the legally binding resignation route. Kos has the scoop on what NJ Dems are planning to do.

Posted by: Yuval Rubinstein at September 30, 2002 09:16 PM

Via guest commentators, much analysis at my own site.

Yes, this comment is whorish. Off to work . . . for John Ashcroft. EEK. . . .

Posted by: Jeff at October 2, 2002 08:49 AM

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