Danny Short, the House’s Republican minority leader, was all innocence. “It made good sense on the merits. Colin Bonini probably would prefer that bill not be passed. It wasn’t anything about Colin Bonini. It wasn’t anything about Joe Biden. It really was a non-political discussion about what’s the best thing for Delaware,” Short said.The problem is that if you read the bill, it wouldn’t apply to federal offices so Joe Biden type situation can still happen. It is about Bonini and maybe Short if he runs statewide. What is going on? How do voters benefit by having fewer choices and less opportunity to have quality choices? It is bad enough Democrats can determine what election a Senator can be in, but now they can make you retire or freeze you out if the Senate goes along. Wake up Republicans and stick together or be picked off one by one.
State law allows you to file for more than one ballot position. It is rarely done except by third parties, but VP Biden did it when he ran for Senate and VP. Some lawmakers want to change it, but not for federal offices, only state offices. Why? Is there some voter outcry? No, to protect Democrat incumbents from the Republican bench. In that way, it would eliminate safe seat house member and every 4 years senators from running statewide without giving up their seats. Senators would have to run in off elections for them. The impetus for this bill seems to be Senator Bonini who almost won State Treasurer but was specifically put in the 2014 cycle and given a 2 year seat this time so he would be up the year the Treasurer is up for reelection. Gamesmanship indeed, but that is nothing but smart politics. Changing the rules like HB 159 does, is not legitimate. You would think that Republicans would not go along. After all changing this rule would hurt the party in the long run as it reemerges and hurt third parties. The only benefit is for Democrats. Democrats are unlikely to take the heat for changing the rules without some Republican cover to insulate them. They did it with fusion tickets (which hurts Republicans in an increasingly blue state, but Rep. Short and others went along with that too). Delaware Grapevine gives us insight into the Democratic mindset on this bill. What is puzzling is.