Straw attempted to qualify for the ballot by submitting only his own signature on a petition. His argument was that since Mitch Daniels selected Connie Lawson for the Secretary of State's position after Charlie White's conviction that he could simply submit one signature.
Uhh...no. WBST in South Bend has the story here.
Straw has thrown whatever support he has behind Joe Ruiz, the Libertarian candidate.
However unlikely to succeed Straw's plan to get himself on the ballot was, it does underline the difficulty that other parties than the three that have ballot access have in simply getting on the ballot. Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians hold all the cards when it comes to getting on the ballot. Other candidates must work harder and often do not qualify.
I don't know if this will affect the 2nd District race much. After all, Straw began the race as a Democratic candidate and chose to change to the Green Party when the local Democratic power brokers and the Indiana Democratic Party came out in support of Brendan Mullen. Ruiz and Republican Jackie Walorski are the other candidates in the race. I think that without Straw in this race that it actually works out better for Mullen to not have someone directly competing with him for liberal votes.
The 2nd District seat is open with Joe Donnelly currently running for Senate.