An odd news day. Here's one from Ottawa, where someone sent Tory HQ a foot. It sounds like a plotline tailor-made for Bones, who has a recurring character of a Canadian forensic pediatrist. This is one the specialist could sink his teeth into.
Another mystery comes out of Texas, where a serial candidate came out of nowhere to get 26% of the vote in the Democratic senate primary and a spot in a runoff-
It was retired educator Grady Yarbrough of San Antonio, described by the AP as “a perennial candidate who has run as a Democrat and a Republican in previous elections.”
Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson chalked it up to the place that the late former U.S. Sen. Ralph Yarborough still holds in Democrats’ very fiber although his time in the Senate was decades ago and his name is spelled slightly differently.
That's what came to mind when I saw his name; the late senator was a liberal Democrat who happened to have held the seat up this year until Lloyd Benson primaried him in 1970. As a non-Texas, it just hit a distant cord as "wasn't there a senator by that name?" but quite a few folks seem to have taken the bait.
The bigger story was that LG Dewhurst got held under 50%, forcing a runoff with conservative favorite Ted Cruz on the GOP side. Cruz has his work cut out for him, making up a 46-32 gap without being able to self-fund and with the Rick Perry machine out for his LG. However, runoffs will tend to lean conservative, so Cruz has a shot.
Dennis the Menace isn't the only multi-state congressional candidate possibility; Artur Davis is switching both state and party, becoming a Republican and looking at a congressional run in Virginia; he went native and is working in DC since losing his Alabama congressional seat.
There's little chance Kucinich would change party, unless it's to become a Green.