The Lake County GOP is now five for five in its objections to the candidates slated by the Lake County Democrats for open positions on the county board and state representative races. We reported earlier regarding Chessmaster Terry Link's defeat on the four nominations for county board races, and just today, the panel ruled that Terry Hall, who was slated to run against State Rep. Sandy Cole, has been kicked off the ballot.
The gist of the Hall objection was that Hall filed on the last possible day, April 5th, with an address that was not her registered voting address--in fact, it was a "Mailboxes, Etc." type of PO Box address. The Lake County Dems then realized their mistake and tried to withdraw the nomination and refile with her correct registered voting address, but did not do so until April 9th, way after the filing deadline. The panel ruled that the improper address was not merely a scrivener's error, and the petition was therefore invalid. Ironically, by essentially admitting that they erred and tried to fix the mistake by withdrawing and refiling, it may have made their case even worse than it was. Tough luck, Terry.
As regular TA readers know, the GOP objection to Mark Beaubein's opponent, and the Dem objections to state senate candidate Keith Gray and state rep candidate Dan Sugrue are still pending.
UPDATED Thursday 6:30 a.m.: According to the Waukegan News-Sun, Dem operative "Sneaky" Pete Couvall said the Dems would "absolutely" appeal the Hall ruling. Well, no shocker that he'd say that to the press the same day they got their butts handed to them by the local electoral board. What's he supposed to say? "Yes, well, we got our asses kicked, so we're going to quit"? Not Couvall.
Well, we'll see if they actually appeal. You see, usually the notion behind an appeal is that you have a basis to win. Probably not the case here, from what I can tell (see discussion above).
The press also made the connection that Terry Hall is the sister of Lake County Chief Judge David Hall, who was arrested this week on DUI charges in Vernon Hills, and has pled not guilty. TA hears that Terry Hall did not show up to her own election hearing yesterday, and we suspect Terry has been keeping a low profile due to the David Hall story.