It’s Settled. Christopher to pursue write in

Sussex County Sheriff, Jeff Christopher has stated on this morning’s Dan Gaffney radio show (105.9) that he intends to pursue the option of running as a write in candidate. Delaware election law requires that a write in candidate declare to election officials by September 30th that he/she is a candidate, in order for the votes to count towards his/her election. The prior law required no such notification. The write in law was changed so that poll workers and election officials would not have to count, record, and report the names of obviously fictional candidates such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Che Guevara, and Zippy the Pinhead, to name a few. Election officials have stated that the extra work involved in dealing with fictional write in votes cost taxpayers $50.00 per name. Mr. Christopher lost his run in the Republican primary for Sussex County Sheriff to Robert T. Lee by 21 votes. The November General Election is on November 4th.

29 thoughts on “It’s Settled. Christopher to pursue write in”

  1. If this does not prove that Mr. Christopher is an egotistical maniac who does not really belong in the Republican Party, and that he is a sore loser, and a wild card who does not go by the rules of the Party he asked to help him get elected in 2010 – well, the Republicans deserve to lose if they don’t rally behind their properly chosen candidate, Mr. Lee. I have always believed that Mr. Christopher has his own agenda, and is not willing to be humble and submissive to the systems that have worked here in Delaware for many, many decades. IF he is re-elected Sheriff, we will have more years of contention and refusal to obey the Court System he was elected to serve.

  2. This proves that Sheriff is a Constitutional Patriot that will bring a clear perspective to the office. There were so many anomalies in the primaries and the vote was so close (21 votes) that many people feel that between the unprepared Dept. of Elections, and Councilman Sam Wilson’s interference and illegal electioneering that those factors probably did sway the election in favor of Lee.
    The results of a faulty election are unacceptable.

  3. I tend to agree with his interpretation of the constitution, but will not be voting for him. I don’t like the idea of a law enforcement officer so openly pursuing law interpretation while in a position of enforcement.

    I agree he is doing the right thing running as a write-in. There are a great number of democrat and independent voters in Sussex County who agree with his theories on the role of the Sheriff. Those folks will have the chance to vote for him, which is fine.

    I wont be among them.

  4. If this does not prove that Mr. Christopher is an egotistical maniac who does not really belong in the Republican Party……Pavlov’s Dog

    It proves that he can read. The Delaware Constitution is quite clear on the matter.

    Ask yourself; why didn’t the Socialist-Democrat-controlled legislature simply remove the offending clause (“…and the Sheriff(s) shall be the conservators of the Peace in the counties in which they reside”) via the amendment process? It is a simple enough procedure.

    The reason that they didn’t simply amend the constitution and end the controversy is because they wanted to set a precedent; now, they are no longer hindered by any clause in the constitution. Congratulations, Christoper haters,

    The people who really don’t “belong” in the Republican Party are those who have no regard for either Delaware’s founding document, their own rights or the future.

  5. Which one of “Delaware’s Founding Document” are you referring to? We have had 4 Constitutions. The actual founding one, of 1776 makes no mention of the Sheriff whatsoever. You are probably quoting the Constitution of 1897, which hardly was a “Founding Document”

  6. This proves that Sheriff is a Constitutional Patriot that will bring a clear perspective to the office. There were so many anomalies in the primaries and the vote was so close (21 votes) that many people feel that between the unprepared Dept. of Elections, and Councilman Sam Wilson’s interference and illegal electioneering that those factors probable did sway the election in favor of Lee.
    The results of a faulty election are unacceptable.

    All it proves that a man who claimed he would “respect the will of the people” concerning the vote, never intended to respect the people of Sussex County or the voting process.

    The clear perspective was presented by the 5 Delaware Supreme Court Justices who issued their ruling.

    I don’t recall seeing any credible report or finding that Sam Wilson guilty of anything you have falsely accused him of.

    There was nothing I repeat NOTHING that was faulty about the election. Christopher lost.

    Why bother to have primaries if candidates aren’t even willing to accept the outcome.

  7. If anyone is to blame, it would be the 22 people who switched there vote to iPOD and therefore in a primary, couldn’t vote for him.

  8. Which one of “Delaware’s Founding Document” are you referring to? We have had 4 Constitutions. The actual founding one, of 1776 makes no mention of the Sheriff whatsoever.

    Really? From the 1776 Constitution;

    ART. 15. The sheriffs and coroners of the respective counties shall be chosen annually…

    ART. 25. The common law of England,as-well as so much of the statute law as has been heretofore adopted in practice in this State, shall remain in force,

    Under English common law in 1776, the Sheriff(s) had arrest powers( see Blackstone’s Commentaries). It is quite likely that in colonial times in Delaware, the sheriffs were the only law enforcement officials.

    Now, from the 1897 Constitution;

    Article XV
    § 1. Conservators of the peace.

    The Chancellor, Judges and Attorney-General shall be conservators of the peace throughout the State; and the Sheriffs shall be conservators of the peace within the counties respectively in which they reside.

    I have no real interest in the question as to the sheriff’s arrest powers. I do have an interest in the sanctity of the constitution.

    One simple question that I have never heard the answer to;

    Why didn’t the Democrat-controlled legislature simply amend the constitution, and remove the ‘offending” clause? Why?

    Because they wanted to set a precedent, and they know that Delaware’s citizens are sheep…and sheep will eventually be shorn.

    “Who are you going to believe; me, or your own two eyes?”

  9. I left out an important word in my last comment “powers” the 1776 Constitution did not address Sheriff’s powers.

  10. I left out an important word in my last comment “powers” the 1776 Constitution did not address Sheriff’s powers.

    Yes, it did,

    ART. 25. The common law of England, as-well as so much of the statute law as has been heretofore adopted in practice in this State, shall remain in force…

    Under English common law, and thus, under Delaware law, the Sheriff(s) had arrest powers.

  11. Still, Sheriff Christopher should have primaried Vance Phillips for County Council, run for the legislature, run a write-in campaign for County Council or the legislature, or waited to run for County Council or the General Assembly. His beef is with the legislative battle about the Sheriff’s role. He really can’t achieve what he hopes to achieve by being re-elected Sheriff.

  12. “He really can’t achieve what he hopes to achieve by being re-elected Sheriff.”

    That assumes you know what he hopes to achieve. All you know is what he SAYS he hopes to achieve, and as demonstrated several times now, what he says changes from day to day. Why does your skepticism evaporate for anyone who nominally agrees with you?

  13. Oh, okay. The election is a month away and while I keep hearing about this guy in Sussex who lost in court and lost an election, I haven’t seen much trace of the Congressional election here.

  14. “obviously fictional candidates such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Che Guevara, and Zippy the Pinhead”

    I’d first wait and see whether Zippy makes the filing deadline, since he could give His Royal English Constitutional Common Law Sheriff of All He Surveys Sir Christopher of Nuttingham a close contest.

  15. Rose Izzo might be standing for election, but she’s not running. That would require effort.

  16. For the first time in my life I’ll be voting for a democratic candidate. I voted for Lee in the primary, but the thought of Christopher winning is very disheartening. I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut.

  17. “I’d first wait and see whether Zippy makes the filing deadline, since he could give His Royal English Constitutional Common Law Sheriff of All He Surveys Sir Christopher of Nuttingham a close contest.”

    What proof do you have that Zippy has not already made the filing deadline?

    Has anyone seen Jeff Christopher and Zippy the Pinhead in the same place at the same time?

  18. “Rose Izzo might be standing for election, but she’s not running.”

    Where is the party support? Where are the volunteers? Where is her campaign schedule?

  19. I think she’s too cheap to hire Jon Moseley and his Grab Bag of Excuses for Why I Lost Again.

  20. Why Mrs Izzo wanted to run remains a mystery.

    Anyone involved in this business knows that volunteer’s are long gone.

    Easy acess to what is left of the big money is much more difficult to obtain.

    Her resume is thin. (Sound familiar?)

    No one dislikes John Carney and his CYO tenure has active Catholic’s locked up.

    Running for office requires a resume, an ability to jump start funding, community involvement, likeability and your own volunteer base.

    I wish her well.

  21. “Running for office requires a resume, an ability to jump start funding, community involvement, likeability and your own volunteer base.”

    Judging from her campaign finance reports, it appears that running requires the ability to loan your campaign seed money, collect donations, and then pay your own loan back with interest derived from the donations.

  22. “Why Mrs Izzo wanted to run remains a mystery. ”

    ROI = 15 minutes at little to no cost or effort.

    When one googles one’s name these days and nothing shows up, it often provokes an existential crisis. Who are we but the sum of our social media entries and likes? Standing for office is a relatively cheap way of not fading into obscurity. Many people find meaning when they exist in the eyes of others. Their self worth is not found in the mirror, but in the eyes of others. Validation is a strong motivator.

  23. Sad but you’re right. I don’t need validation. I volunteer, donate to various candidates and causes.

    Yet the number of people whose ego’s are HUGE continue to grow and grow.

    For instance I got a friend of a friend a free MRI because she has no money. i called my dr and he said he’d hook her up. 11 years ago I hooked him up with with a much better rental space agreement. I made no money off the deal. I made 2 phone calls.

    Yet Mrs. Izzo, COD and the like do nothing to make Delaware better and then expect us to elect them to federal office.

    This is the theatre of the absurd in full bloom.

  24. Delaware’s filing fees to run for office are among the highest in the nation, yet vanity candidates like Izzo and Protack run ceaselessly.

    Here’s a hint about why: Look into all the things you can write off as campaign expenses. Your car, for example: Slack a door-size magnet with your name and the office you’re running for on it and voila! What was previously your monthly car payment becomes a campaign expense. Your home office, a la Christine O’Donnell? Campaign expense. And so on.

  25. Reality time October 4, 2014 at 15:00 “Yet Mrs. Izzo, COD and the like do nothing to make Delaware better and then expect us to elect them to federal office.”

    A person who is involved in bettering the community and volunteering before running clearly makes a better candidate. I was (in agreement with your point) advising such things 15 years ago. I say that to agree with you, not to compete.

    So why don’t those people run for office? (I think Kevin Wade is such a person, if you look at his community bio, but I mean in general terms.)

    The crucial question is the dog that DOES NOT bark, to paraphrase Sherlock Holmes.

    You can complain all you want about the candidates who run that you don’t like.

    But where are the perfect candidates you long for?

    Maybe they all know that as soon as they put their name on the ballot, everyone will criticize them.

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