Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has sided with Democrat Jim Hood on the Election Commission to remove Todd Wade from the ballot for Senate District 9 in a 2-1 vote with Phil Bryant voting that he believed Wade to be qualified. Wade is a Republican as is Bryant and Hosemann. Word is that Hosemann brought up the issue outside of the statutory number of days allowed for such a challenge, and did so despite no formal challenge from Wade’s Democrat opponent Gray Tollison.
Wade played football at Ole Miss and now lives in Oxford. More to come on this as details become available.
One funny irony is that Hosemann allowed that one Rebel be allowed to stay on the ballot. Initiative Measure 37 was allowed to move forward. The Initiative allows for a petition for a ballot initiative to maintain Colonel Reb as the mascot at Ole Miss. Initiative Measure # 37: www.colonelrebpac.com/Initiative37.php
Hosemann certified Wade for the primary earlier this year.
One has to wonder why Hosemann would bend the constitution by bringing this up outside the statutory time limit to kick a fellow Republican off the ballot, when last year he was touting the constitution and the rule of law in punting redistricting to 2012.
No word yet on whether Wade will file suit.