Democrats are crying foul as Senate Republicans pass what some are calling the Charlie White Bail-out amendment.
The legislation shifts authority to the governor to appoint a replacement when statewide office holders – like attorney general, treasurer or secretary of state – are determined to be ineligible by the state recount commission. Currently, the positions would be filled by the person with the second-most votes. Democrats say the amendment is a blatant attempt by the GOP to help replace embattled Secretary of State Charlie White with another Republican. Anderson Senator Tim Lanane says the move is not in the interest of voters or the process. But Indianapolis Senator Mike Young, who authored the amendment, says it’s not about partisan politics.
“By the time this may work through the process of having a commission hearing, going through court, it would probably be the election of the next governor, which could be a Democrat that would make the appointment,” said Young.
The bill still needs to be passed by the Senate and confirmed by the House to take effect.