Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ritz Voted Republican? (See Update) NO!
(Please see the update below...)
Indy Politics editor Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is known to sometimes stir the pot and make things up, but it looks like he's got the scoop and the documents.
Glenda Ritz, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction, apparently voted Republican in the 2012 Primary. That means, for all intents and purposes, she is planning on voting for half of the Republicans on her ballot in November. It could, of course, be an error. From time to time, voter registration does do that, but even if it is an error, Ritz apparently voted Republican from 1990-2006, according to Shabazz. She did vote Democratic in 2008 and 2010.
Looks like if the Dems are going to be putting on the Ritz for State School Superintendent, they have some explaining to do. The full Indy Politics article is here.
Wonder if Justin Oakley now has plans for the weekend? Whatever happens, this is an embarrassment for Dan Parker and the Indiana Democratic Party. How can you drop the ball on this one? If there's one person Indiana teachers will rally against and vote against in droves, it's Tony Bennett. If you wanted a Republican, you might as well of asked Suellen Reed to come back and out of retirement.
Hopefully, this is some glitch at voter registration. I have yet to meet Glenda Ritz. I'm sure she's a very nice lady, and I'm sure she's capable. That said, as a Democrat, this needs to be resolved before this elected delegate votes for her to represent my party.
I received a call from Adam Kirsch of the Marion County Democratic Party that said he has a copy of Glenda Ritz's voter record, and it shows she pulled a Democratic Ballot. I followed up with Abdul who stands by his story. Apparently, another reporter followed up on the story and said that the issue might have been a clerical error.
Anyway, problem solved.