House District 80 Developments

Looks like Keith Gross (D-MD, FL & GA) might have some competition in the event he is able to stay in the race.

On July 1, Michelle Conlon started to collect the 1,500 signatures she will need by July 8 to be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Conlon would not say whether Democrat leadership led her to vie for the seat, but said she entered the race after “several people” approached her about fears that Gross’ name might be removed from the ballot, leaving Jacobs unopposed in the November elections. “It is not the ideal situation, but I was in a position of having to make some difficult choices. I don’t know if anyone is sure if it is going to be a two-person race, a three-person race, or only one person on the ballot,” Conlon said.

Shockingly, “A message left with Gross’ campaign was not immediately returned.”

Anyway, Conlon already has a temporary campaign website set up, although it’s unclear if she’ll have the necessary signatures by July 8.

6 comments

  1. Will Hinton says:

    I think she is going to be hard pressed to get those signatures. Volunteers came by my house yesterday trying to get signatures. I happily signed as I am a believer in open access to ballots but it didn’t look like many people in the neighborhood were signing.

    It is almost inconceivable that in an election year that should see Democrats win by huge margins across the country that Democrats in Georgia still can’t recruit decent candidates.

  2. midtown_maven says:

    It just goes to show how politics is all about right place, right race. Conlon should not have been intimidated by the money available to Gross. His residency and lack of involvement in the district and Democratic party was the opportunity. If she would have just filed ( what is a state rep race $300? ) she would likely be on her way to a primary win.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Will,

    Perhaps there is some justice in the fact that the Democrats will learn at least a small lesson in regard to the strict ballot access laws they championed since the 40’s.

    Of course now that the Republicans are in charge, they will champion their continuation.

  4. atlantaman says:

    This is not really a ballot access issue per se. Conlon is a hardcore Democrat and foolishly allowed Gross, and all of his BS, to intimidate her out of running.

    If she simply had the minimum amount of cojones that anyone should expect from a legislative candidate, she would have laughed at Gross and had her name on the Dem ballot without any signatures. Because she allowed the international man of mystery to fool her she’s having to scurry about for signatures at the last minute so she can launch her half-ass independent/Democrat candidacy.

  5. Will Hinton says:

    At this point none of this really matters as Mike Jacobs is going to win handily. While Mike should be vulnerable this year, he is perhaps in a stronger position now than he was a few months ago, thanks to the bungling by Gross and Democrats.

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