Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Election News

Bits of news from elections around the country:

John Ramsey, the father of the late JonBenet Ramsey, lost his bid for a state House seat in Michigan.

Ramsey placed second among six candidates for the Republican nomination in the largely rural district in northern Michigan. He had 4,684 votes, or 24 percent, trailing attorney Kevin Elsenheimer by about 500 votes. Elsenheimer had 27 percent of the vote.

A cloud of suspicion has hung over Ramsey and his wife since the 1996 slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet, but no one has ever been charged. The district attorney and a federal judge in Colorado have said it is likelier that an intruder was responsible, as the parents insist.

I used to live in that part of Michigan, and while the area is largely Republican, they’re not whack-jobs by and large, and they know a sketchy character when they see one.

Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly voted for a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Not a big surprise there; after all, it’s the home state of John Ashcroft, and that kind of mindset grows there along with the sorghum.

And finally, it looks like Alan Keyes is one of two candidates being looked at to run in the Illinois senate race against Barack Obama. Should that happen it would to a dynamic campaign – Keyes, despite his radical (some say loony) views, is a hell of an orator, and any debates between him and Obama should be worth watching. Also under consideration is Andrea Barthwell, a former deputy drug czar in the Bush administration. Josh Marshall has the lowdown on her; she seems to have an, uh, interesting personality and history herself.