Jerid (BSB) just told me it’s too early to start talking about replacements for Congressman Paul Gillmore and, as usual, he’s probably right.

So I won’t discuss possible replacements (yet) but I think I can safely discuss the replacement process without being insensitive…

According to Ohio Revised Code 3521.03 Filling vacancy in United State House of Representatives:

When a vacancy in the office of representative to congress occurs, the governor, upon satisfactory information thereof, shall issue a writ of election directing that a special election be held to fill such vacancy in the territory entitled to fill it on a day specified in the writ.

One of the most recent- and most publicized examples Ohio Congressional vacancies happened in 2002 when Rep. Tony Hall resigned from Congress to take a job with the United Nations AND Rep. James Traficant was kicked out of congress after his bribery conviction. Then-Governor Taft decided NOT to hold a special election for either seat- opting instead to leave both seats vacant until the regular elections that fall.

The ACLU sued Taft on behalf of the residents of Traficant’s district, claiming they were disenfranchised by Taft because he denied them representation in Congress. The ACLU’s case was eventually thrown out.

  • Tommy from Youngstown

    I think this would be the perfect opportunity for Capri Cafaro to serve the people of Ohio in the United States Congress.

    Think about it… her and Timmy Ryan can carpool… and seeing as they are both single (or divorcing)… maybe something special will come of it.


  • Are you being serious, Tommy?

    Or is this some kind of secret plan by the people of Youngstown to rid themselves of Ms. Cafaro?

  • Tommy from Youngstown

    I am completely serious.

    Poor Capri has had some troubles running for US Congress in the past, but I think this is her big shot.

    She couldn’t beat some really bad republicans — but it should be easier on an open chance.

  • Tommy from Youngstown

    …and you have to admit, for being 5’1… she is SMOKIN’!

  • Is she the one who does the infomercial/town hall-type things? Where she uses her hands way too much? I saw one while I was visiting OH a while back…

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