February 16th, 2010
02:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Upstart Democrat fails to get on ballot in Indiana

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/15/art.bayh.file.gi.jpg caption="Senator Evan Bayh announced Monday that he would not seek another term, leaving Democrats without a candidate in Indiana."]Washington (CNN) - It looks like Democrats have avoided a big headache in Indiana.

Tamyra d'Ippolito, the Bloomington restaurant owner who claimed to be nearing the required amount of signatures to make her the de facto Democratic nominee for Senate in Indiana, appears to have fallen short in her bid to get on the primary ballot.

To get on the ballot, a candidate must have submitted at least 4,500 signatures by noon Tuesday, with at least 500 coming from each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.

But Terry Burns, a Democratic official with the Marion County Board of Voters, said d'Ippolito only submitted three signatures Tuesday to the county clerk's office (The entire seventh district is in Marion County). Burns noted that one of her signatures came from the state's 5th district.

"She fell 498 signatures short in the seventh district," Burns told CNN.

D'Ippolito, who has never run for office before, had been organizing a long-shot challenge to Sen. Evan Bayh before he announced his retirement Monday. Had she submitted the necessary paperwork by Tuesday's deadline, she would have been the only Democrat in the state to do so, making her the party's nominee for Senate. That prospect became something of a nightmare scenario over the last 24 hours for Democrats in Washington and Indiana, who are looking to recruit a top-tier candidate to run in Bayh's place.

Now, state Democratic Party officials have until June 30 to confer and select a nominee. Indiana Reps. Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill are mentioned as possible nominees, along with Evansville mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Corynyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called on Indiana Democrats to extend the filing deadline, which would give potential Democratic candidates time to canvass the state for signatures.

"Doing so would remove any appearance of unfair gamesmanship by the Democrats while affirming their belief that voters, and not party bosses, should be the final arbiters of elections," Cornyn said in a statement released by the NRSC Tuesday.

Filed under: 2010 • Evan Bayh • Indiana
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    Indiana needs a new conserv Pub not another so called progressive or liberal Dem . Either Coats or Daniels would be fine but Indiana needs to stop any liberal progressive socialist pacifist Dem from being elected. We already have enough of them ruining the economy and our national defense.

    February 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Objective Thinking

    The US vs THEM approach that both political parties use is what is hurting the American people. I'm not too sure it's the "two party system" that is hurting us. It's the system WITHIN each party, which is the same on each side.

    Because each side chooses a candidate amongst themselves and then puts forth that candidate against the other side, we see each side putting up more and more "pure" representations of their agenda. Thus the individual candidates are more and more polarized compared to each other. So moderate, centrist candidates are weeded out in the primaries, even though it is these moderate centrist candidates that would appeal more to the overall population.

    February 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. richp the poconos

    Too bad, she might have been good and not owned yet.

    February 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    Oh, well then! Would someone please stand up for Indiana who is NOT a Crook!

    February 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Hugo

    Terry from West Texas
    If you split the difference between Conservatism and Liberalism, you have a disaster. Conservatives do not want to solve any problems at all. Liberals want to solve all the problems we can. If you split the difference between solving problems and not solving problems, you end up not solving problems.
    Problem is everything a liberal looks at is a problem that can only be solved by Government and paid for with other people's money. If Repulicans and Democrats are all against higher taxes and inflation, then why do we have higher taxes and inflation? Government is the problem dude!

    February 16, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. From a Chicago Independent 26 year old white male

    of course a Cornyn would have said that, it's all about looking fair when it's the other party thats in trouble. He's just posturing the Indiana Repub candidates to let them use his comments as ammo

    February 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    Does it even matter? Indiana is, and always will be, a red state. Bayh was elected because he was a centrist.... and today's democrats are incapable of coming up with centrist candidates,

    February 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. tony

    With all the complaining, sounds like most folks want to go back to the most corrupted (Bush-Chaney) administration of our life time

    February 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Sue

    Tamyra d'Ippolito is a flaming liberal.

    The Republicans assisted/supported this Democrat as a candidate--as they know that she is going to get clobbered.

    The Democrats are going to run a liberal in the conservative leaning state of Indiana??? This is going to be hilarious!!!

    A moderate/blue dog Dem such as Evan Bayh 'retires"--because he knows that he does not have a chance this election in this conservative leaning state based on the current political atmosphere created by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid--and the Dems solution is to run a liberal.

    Dan Coats is VERY popular in Indiana. Dan Coats has a VERY positive past history in Indiana. And, Dan Coat's is going to kick this liberal Democrat's butt.

    February 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Doesn't matter. A Republican will win the now open seat to replace Bayh.

    February 16, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Slider

    Too late, Cornyn; it's already been found out that Baron Hill had a "private fundraiser" with Rahm Emmanuel last month.

    CNN Political Producer Hamby may, or may not, be aware of this as he is too busy throwing his panties, breathlessly it appears, on the Democrat Party stage.

    You may wanna redo that first sentence in your "report", Hamby.

    February 16, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Orange Curtain, CA

    Good. Restaurant owner running for Senate? That makes no sense whatsoever.

    February 16, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. britto-fl

    He did this on purpose to help his wife, doesn't she work with the Health Care System who's against President Obama. Where's the help he said he was going to give to his party maybe he should now join the tea partiers and Sarapaling with terrorist band instead.

    February 16, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Jill, California

    Oh, like the Republican's would extend a deadline. Please. At least this way the Democratic Party can find someone who has a political background instead of a restaurant owner with absolutely no experience and losses the seat.

    February 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This rules are absurd. Poll access should be available to anyone who wishes to run even without party affiliation.

    February 16, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Cindy

    ""Doing so would remove any appearance of unfair gamesmanship by the Democrats while affirming their belief that voters, and not party bosses, should be the final arbiters of elections," Cornyn said in a statement released by the NRSC Tuesday"

    And the games continue.... who are the Republicans to say the Dems are unfairly gaming the system? Both parties are guilty. Time to dump both parties.

    February 16, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |