He Waits 'Til Now?
What is this guy thinking? Bob Parker, from Mendocino County, decides at even after the very last minute to throw his hat in the ring for the State Assembly race.
Can he do that? I'm not sure he can. He still has to file paperwork. Isn't it too late for that?
I can understand people getting annoyed with people filing paper candidacies for frivolous reasons, but this seems to go way beyond that. If he's serious, this makes no sense and he should have waited until the State Assembly seat is up for grabs again in a couple years.
Whether he bothers with filing two years from now, only time will tell. I'll have to say, though, declaring a candidacy a week before the election shows a kind of goofball judgement that should prevent anyone from taking him seriously.
In fairness, the Times- Standard doesn't say when he filed, assuming he filed at all.
Oh, a hint to any other potential candidates out there: Don't bring up federal issues- the article mentions his position on troops in Iraq- when you're running for a state office. That can just get you into trouble that you had no reason to get into in the first place.