by Jeff Woods
on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 9:11 AM
So I'm sitting at Brandon's last night with a Kurita supporter who's so certain she's winning her lawsuit that he wants to put money on it. Then his cell phone rings, and he gets the bad news. Damn, it's too late to bet. She lost.
Just as all the Pith legal experts predicted (they are so full of themselves this morning), the state Democratic Party was perfectly within its rights to tell Rosalind Kurita to take a hike. That's the ruling from Judge Robert Echols. You may disagree with what the party did, but you can't argue that it wasn't legal. Kurita was claiming her due process rights were violated, but it turns out the party has rights too, namely the right not to associate with Kurita.
Now, for Kurita, it's on to her write-in campaign. "I'm really trying to stay in a positive mode on this as much as I can," she tells Pith. "I want my job back." But no one gives her much chance. A write-in campaign is nearly impossible to pull off. Even voters inclined to support her have to know how to do it. Different counties have different rules. The best Kurita can do is tell voters to ask poll workers for instructions.
And then there are all the voters who will show up at the polls and never even know she’s running. Many will go only to vote in the presidential race.
With help from Republican senators, Kurita says she hopes to raise at least $100,000 to get out the word. But that’s probably about half what she really needs.
Tennessee’s last winning write-in candidate was Charlotte Burks, the widow of state Sen. Tommy Burks. She ran 10 years ago after the Republican candidate in the race, Byron “Low Tax” Looper, murdered her husband three weeks before the election. Burks outpolled Looper 30,252 votes to 1,531. Kurita won’t have it that easy. She isn’t running against an assassin.
Speaking of her opponent, here's Tim Barnes' TV ad starring Phil Bredesen.