Bloomington restaurant owner Tamyra D’Ippolito is refusing to say much about her legal plans to become the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Evan Bayh. Even as other Democrats raise a questioning eyebrow, the senatorial hopeful says she still plans to file her candidacy by Friday’s deadline.
D’Ippolito is no longer telling media outlets she has collected thousands of signatures supporting her campaign after it became clear Tuesday only a couple hundred people like signed petitions in her favor. But, though she admits she’s not a lawyer, D’Ippolito said she thinks the national nature of the position works in her lawyers’ favor.
“There are state laws and there’s federal laws,” D’Ippolito said. “And the U.S. Senate seat is a federal office. It is not a state office. And as far as the signature petitions, they differ in every state. In Maryland, you need one signature to run for senator. So this is going to, ultimately, be decided by a judge.”
But Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan — a lawyer and a Democrat — said he questions the logic behind D’Ippolito’s continued efforts.
“Quixotic is the only word I can come up with. I don’t really understand it and it will just be a distraction,” the mayor said.
D’Ippolito declined to say which law firm she plans to retain to mount her challenge or how she intends to pay for the represenation. Her continued attempts at candidacy have drawn little notice from state democratic leaders, who point to a state law saying they have until June 30th to elect a representative to appear on November’s general election ballot.