Monroe County Republican Chair Challenges Greg Knott

Steve Hogan says the fact that Knott voted in the 2011 Democratic primary election voids him from holding Republican office this term.

Greg Knott

Photo: Courtesy Greg Knott Campaign

Greg Knott ran on the Libertarian ticket for 9th congressional district in 2010, and voted in the 2011 Democratic Primary. Knott argues though that he is now a Republican.

UPDATE

County Clerk Linda Robbins says after conferring with legal counsel, Hogan is not eligible to challenge Knott’s candidacy on the ballot for Precinct Committeeman, because he does not live in Knott’s precinct.

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The Chairman of the Monroe County Republicans Steve Hogan Thursday challenged the candidacy of Greg Knott for the positions of Precinct Committeeman and State Party Representative.

Hogan, speaking in front of the Monroe County Election Board, says the fact that Knott voted in the 2011 Democratic primary election voids him from holding Republican office this term.

Knott countered with evidence that he has been actively campaigning for Republican candidates for the 2012 election, including Republican Richard Murdoch in Indiana, and Rand Paul in Kentucky.

The Election Board ruled 3-0 that Knott is not eligible to be on the ballot for Party Representative, but has delayed the vote of whether he is eligible to be a Committeeman until Friday.

County Clerk Linda Robbins says she wants to speak with someone in state government in order to determine if Hogan is legally allowed to challenge Knott for the Committeeman spot on the ballot, as Hogan does not live in Knott’s Precinct.

Since Knott’s run for Party Representative is an at-large seat, the election board decided that Hogan was eligible to challenge.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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