From today’s Houston Chronicle:
Republicans pleaded with federal courts Tuesday to allow them to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the November ballot, saying that time is running out to make the change.
In separate motions to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and to U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, the Texas GOP said picking a DeLay replacement could “easily take 28 days” and must be completed by Sept. 1 so the state has enough time to print ballots.
“Given the time it will take (the Republican Party) to fulfill the requirements in choosing a replacement nominee, or nominees if the replacement candidate is already on the ballot, as is likely, the Court of Appeals’ decision in (the Republican Party’s) favor would have to issue before Aug. 4,” the party said in a motion to Sparks.
The wording of Davidson’s motion stating that it is “likely” that DeLay’s replacement candidate will also have to be replaced on the ballot appeared to hint that a politician seeking re-election this year is a favorite among party insiders to be chosen as DeLay’s replacement.
The Chronicle’s in-house blogger, Charles Kuffner, explains that last bit.
That would be State Rep. Robert Talton, whose inside track to be the Chosen One has got to be the worst-kept secret in the state this year.