Votes and PatronageOver the weekend, I reported on Pat Marsh's Republican Primary victory in the special election in the 62nd House District:
Republican businessman Pat Marsh won the Republican nomination in the Special Primary held in Tennessee House District 62 in which Marsh literally crushed all comers in the field. The Primary was needed because of the resignation of Democratic Representative Curt Cobb, who left the General Assembly to take the position of Bedford County Clerk and Master. Marsh will face Ty Cobb II, brother of the resigned former incumbent considered by some to be the favorite due to name recognition, in a special election October 13.
In a bit of Legislative recess redux, I revisit the issue of county election administrators and patronage:
She was a political appointee in a patronage job (despite all legal notions to the contrary that patronage has been "abolished"-those who do not believe patronage is real and functioning can visit any number of small town halls and courthouses in this State), and when a new government takes power at the State level-and in Tennessee, the government really is a function of the Legislature- political appointees should have the reasonable expectation that they might be replaced.
Speaking of the lawsuit(s) by the old election administrators, we haven't heard much from them in several weeks, have we?