|"Mr. Indictment" Charlie White|
As the Star points out, if White is convicted of any of the charges, he will lose his job as Secretary of State under Indiana Law.
Indiana voters knew this date could come, but they elected White anyway. Under Indiana law, Vop Osili would become Secretary of State as the second-highest vote getter in the race. Osili has, of course, been elected to the City-County Council in District 15.
That's putting the cart WAY before the horse. The smartest thing for White to do to ensure his party holds on to the seat is resign now. He is innocent until proven guilty, but how much time will he have to devote to his Secretary of State job while this trial progresses? It's a Presidential election year, and Indiana figures to be a player again in this one.
Tendering his resignation is the best course of action for the voters of Indiana as well. White should resign immediately before his trial begins and allow someone that can focus completely on the job to take the office allowing him to focus completely on his own defense. Of course, Charlie won't do that. He's already been asked to resign by Mitch Daniels and other Republican leaders.
Looks like White's content to let this embarrassment to the state play out. Congratulations Indiana. He's what you wanted.