(See UPDATE for latest on a truly terrible rumor, more or less confirmed!)
If you live in Wyoming, you can enter the competition to complete the term of Senator Craig Thomas. It’s open to all comers (well, probably Democrats need not apply).
Following the funeral and burial yesterday (June 11) of Senator Thomas (who died on June 4), the Wyoming Republican Party announced a statewide search process for succeeding him. It’s kind of like American Idol without Paula and Simon. Check it out. But best you hurry, because completed application forms must be submitted by Thursday. Of course there's more! Click!
Here’s my abbreviated version of the official description of the Wyoming process, (down from four pages):
- Wyoming Statutes state that the Central Committee of the party of the Senator “vacating the office” (I believe it is safe to assume that Senator Thomas has vacated) has 15 days to bring forward a slate of three contenders for the slot. Then Wyoming’s governor has five days to select the successor.
- On Friday, Wyoming’s Republican Central Committee will vote by secret ballot (a different-colored ballot for each round of voting, should that become necessary) and submit its three finalists to the governor.
Apart from the y’all come aspect, the Wyoming procedure probably isn’t terribly different from that of other states. That said, there is something deliciously simple about this short, sweet Wyoming approach, don’t you think? Think about how long the U.S. presidential candidate contention has been in play already. And how much longer it’s going to go on.
Then think 20 days, start to finish (not counting whatever has been going on behind the scenes beforehand, of course). You present the finalists to the Authority Figure and let him/her decide.
Oh, wait. We already did that in 2000, didn't we?
Well, then, never mind.
(H/T Huffington Post)
UPDATE: State Sen. John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, is one of the first candidates to announce his interest in being appointed to the seat. "I'm proud of my record and will fight hard for our shared beliefs. Like Senator Thomas I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, the right to keep and bear arms, local control and a strong defense," Barrasso said in a statement. (Barbara note: Did I not tell you Dems need not apply??)
UPCHUCKDATE: This rumor has been making the rounds for the past week. Now, according to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for Lynne Cheney, wife of Darth, would not deny that Mrs. Darth might be a candidate for the Wyoming U.S. Senate seat. Oh, lordy, I'm gonna hurl for sure.