Following the sex scandal driven resignation of Republican Chris Lee in NY-26, Scott Walker’s prank caller Ian Murphy (see previous IPR story) is described by Steve Peoples at Roll Call as “likely to capture the the Green Party ballot line” according to state Green Party co-chairman Peter LaVenia:
“The local out in western New York has talked to a number of different candidates, and they forwarded the recommendation,” LaVenia said. Murphy “was the only one that they came to the conclusion represents Green values … and is willing to change his registration to Green and run as a Green.”
LaVenia said the state party is expected to finalize its endorsement by the end of the week. The special election is scheduled for May 24.
LaVenia said he believes that Murphy, previously registered with the Working Families Party, intends to run a serious campaign. But Republican nominee Jane Corwin at this point is favored, having avoided mistakes of previous New York special election candidates and secured the support of the Conservative Party.
Murphy’s entry into the race may be balanced by the entry of Millionaire Jack Davis, a Tea Party candidate who previously ran as a Democrat, and Iraq War veteran David Bellavia, who also sought and failed to secure the Conservative and Republican nominations, and may now run as Independent.
According to our earlier article the Democratic,
Independence Party and Working Families ballot lines are still up for grabs, although the Democrats have a likely nominee.
Petitions for additional ballot lines are due in less than a week, including the Tea Party and independent candidates.
Given the circumstances that led to the special election and the circus-like atmosphere of the campaign that may be shaping up, it is perhaps appropriate that likely Green Party candidate Murphy might announce his campaign in a clown suit.
See also Poli-Tea.