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Brad Harriman, who won the Democratic primary in IL-12 on March 20, has ended his camapign due to a neurological medical condition that requires surgery. Democratic county chairpersons in the 12 counties that compromise IL-12, which includes a wide swath of Southwestern Illinois, taking in part of Madison County and all of Saint Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Jefferson, Franklin, Williamson, Jackson, Union, Alexander, and Pulaski Counties, will be responsible for selecting a replacement nominee. IL-12 has a slight Democratic lean to it, but many Democrats in the district are moderate or even conservative.

Map of Illinois's 12th Congressional District

Link to Harriman campaign press release

This isn't the first time this year that a major party candidate for a U.S. House race withdrew his nomination after the March 20 primaries. Tim Johnson, who won the Republican primary in IL-13, withdrew his nomination for reasons not fully explained, and Republican county chairpersons in the 14 counties that compromise IL-13 selected Rodney Davis to replace Tim Johnson as the Republican nominee in IL-13, where Davis and Gill will face off in one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the country in November. The last time I can recall a major party candidate withdrawing his nomination for health-related reasons was when Lane Evans, who is revered by many on here because he founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus, withdrew the IL-17 Democratic nomination in 2006 because his Parkinson's Disease worsened to the point that it compromised his ability to campaign. Democratic operatives selected Phil Hare as the replacement nominee, who defeated Republican nominee Andrea Zinga in the general election that year.

In regards to the state of the race in IL-12, this is a massive setback to hopes of keeping this seat in the Democratic column. Republicans have a top-tier candidate in the form of Jason Plummer, who was narrowly defeated by Sheila Simon in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010. Speaking of Sheila Simon, she is one of numerous possible replacement nominees in IL-12, other potential candidates include, but are not limited to, Chris Miller, Kenneth Wiezer, John Baricevic, John E. Bradley, Ann Callis, James Clayborne, Jr., Jerry Costello, Jerry Costello II, Glenn Poshard, Bill Haine, Tom Holbrooke, Jay Hoffman, Brendan Kelly, and Mark Kern. Jerry Costello is the district's incumbent U.S. Representative, he announced his retirement a few months after the Illinois General Assembly completed redistricting, Miller and Wiezer were Harriman's primary opponents, Baricevic and Callis are both judges, Bradley, Costello II, Hoffman, and Holbrook either are or were state representatives, of these, Costello II is the son of the district's incumbent, Haine and Clayborne, Jr. are state senators, of these, Clayborne, Jr. is the majority leader in the state senate, Kelly is a state's attorney, Kern is a county board chairman, and Poshard is a former U.S. Representative.

I'm not a resident of IL-12, but I would like to see transparency in the selection process for a replacement Democratic nominee in IL-12. Despite this massive setback, IL-12 Democrats will fight on with a new name on the ballot on November 6!

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Wed May 30, 2012 at 04:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Not sure what you mean by transparency. (0+ / 0-)

    But, obviously, a long, drawn-out selection process with everybody included just ain't in the cards.

    They need to get a body in there.

    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Wed May 30, 2012 at 04:13:25 AM PDT

    •  Replacement caucuses in IL, by design... (0+ / 0-)

      ...aren't exactly transparent, because the chairs of county party organizations are the participants in the caucus, but Democratic voters in that district should be informed of major developments in the process and have some way to input recommendations to the county chairmen, but the county chairmen will have final say in who the Democratic replacement nominee is in IL-12.

  •  Matt Melucci passed away ... (0+ / 0-)

    a few weeks ago. He was well liked by most all in Madison County. His death was a shocker.

  •  To be clear, by "top-tier candidate" (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, Rileycat, FG

    you mean Jason Plummer has enough money to buy the election.  I grew up with Jason's daddy, who owns lumber/home improvement businesses and real estate holdings to the tune of having dropped a cool million dollars of his personal money in 2010 on the Lt. Governor's race.  Jason is a talentless ideologue who has never held elective office at any level and whose only job has been working for his daddy's business. He is what he is because he's a member of the lucky sperm club.

    A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation.

    by stlsophos on Wed May 30, 2012 at 05:40:56 AM PDT

    •  Plummer had a Rick Perry moment on Chicago PBS... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...not too long after winning the 2010 IL-Lt Gov GOP primary. It wouldn't surprise me at all if his dad will try to buy the IL-12 election for him.

      A "top-tier Republican" is someone with big money at their beck and call. Jason Plummer has big money at his beck and call. The Democratic county chairs in IL-12 that will select a replacement nominee need to select someone that can connect with voters on the issues and bring a solid ground game to counter what will likely be an all-out assault on the airwaves in the Saint Louis and Paducah-Cape Girardeau media markets by the Plummer campaign.

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