Tribune, Times editorial pages call on local GOP not to re-nominate Jim Norman to ballot

The St. Pete Times, in their editorial, says the same:

If Ambler loses his bid to be the party nominee in court, Republican Party officials — and not the voters — will probably will pick their candidate. That is unfortunate, and party leaders should not place Norman back on the ballot. That would be a slap to the court's finding that he seriously damaged public faith in the political system.

But the establishment GOP, which from Jeb Bush on down strongly supports Norman, may just believe the voters are too ignorant or unaware of the situation.  Or that they'll vote for any dang Republican.  And they may be right.  From Marlene Sokol's story in the Times today:

"I voted for Norman," said Leon Oaks, 85, who did not know Norman had been disqualified. "He's a Republican and I'm not voting for Democrats.

Speaking of the Times, that editorial page today began its reparation efforts after its embarrassing endorsement of Norman last week (the Tribune did not give an endorsement in the Senate District 12 race).

In today's paper they have rescinded that recommendation.

Both the Tampa Tribune and the St. Pete Times editorial pages touch on the latest in the Jim Norman saga this morning.

As we write this early Tuesday, the Hillsborough County Commissioner is appealing Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford's ruling disqualifying him from the ballot last week.  The state's Division of Elections say they can't make any decision about who then should be on the ballot in Senate District 12 yet, even as voters are deciding on at that race at the polls in early voting right now.

Hillsborough and Pasco County officials are still discussing who they might nominate in Norman's stead.  Trey Traviesa's name has been bandied about, but reportedly he does not want to be considered.

But really would anybody be shocked if the GOP decides to renominate Norman, FBI investigation and all?

Pasco County Republican Committeeman Bill Bunting tells the Trib that why not Norman?

Meanwhile, that paper's editorial page is calling for the local parties to not put the "disgraced Norman" on the ballot.  The lead editorial Tuesday states (no link available as we wrote this):

If the party does end up selecting the nominee, such a move would disgrace the party and insult voters.  Fulford's words should provide party officials guidance if they have any doubts about keeping Norman off the ballot.

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