Post-Kande options open for local Dems
|By Kyle Melinn|
Before every Democrat from here to northern Oakland County turns "Kande Ngalamulume" into a dirty word for bailing out of a quixotic bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, hold tight. The naïve 31-year-old former East Lansing running back may be willing to do the right thing after all.
Under state law, Ngalamulume’s name cannot be removed from the primary election ballot. If he wins the Democratic primary (which seems likely since it’s the only name on there), there’s only two ways his name can be removed from the Nov. 2 General Election ballot: A) Death. B) Registering to vote out of state.
Obviously, nobody wants to see "A." But it now appears Ngalamulume may be more accommodating to take care of "B." After initially telling Democratic 8th Congressional District Chairwoman Kathy Carney that he would not change his voter registration from Lansing, Kande apparently has changed his mind.
Democratic activist Bob Alexander told me last week Ngalamulume informed him of his decision to register to vote in whatever city he ends up finding a job in, be it Philadelphia, Chicago or anywhere else out of state.
If he follows through ("if " being the operative word, since this guy changes his mind a lot, if you haven’t noticed), a provision in state law allows a committee of local Democratic officials to replace Ngalamulume on the ballot. The committee would consist of the chairman, treasurer and secretary of every county Democratic Party that is included within the 8th Congressional District.
In this case, it would be a 15-member Democratic panel featuring officials from Clinton, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Shiawassee counties. One local Democrat told me that a recruitment effort is underway to get retiring Ingham County Circuit Judge James Giddings to put himself forward under this situation.
Giddings is constitutionally mandated to step down from the bench after this year because he’ll hit the magical age of 70. But there’s no age ceiling for Congress. Giddings would give the Democrats a credible, well known name on the ballot, forcing Rogers to stay home and campaign as opposed to lending a hand to the Republican nominee in the neighboring 7th Congressional District or the nearby 9th.
There is another way to make sure Kande "Idontawannalivahereanymore" can get his name scrubbed from the general ballot: A successful write-in campaign during the primary.
This is a complete longshot, but Clinton County Democrat Lance Enderle is willing to take it. Enderle had considered an independent bid in the 33rd Senate District but told the 8th Congressional District Democrats this weekend that he’s filed the necessary paperwork to run as a write-in.
Enderle has his Facebook page up and writes that "after a long dark decade of living in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood the good people of Michigan’s 8th District deserve much better than this. They must have a true choice at the ballot box on November 2 — and that choice is now Lance Enderle. Give Lance a Chance."
The "progressive Democrat" said he believes in small business, agriculture, tax equality and individual freedom. He wrote on his Facebook page that money had "nearly destroyed our political process," so he is not taking any political action committee money or any special interest money.
"I don’t want your money. I want your vote," he wrote.
Alexander said he appreciates the enthusiasm — but that the mountain Enderle will need to climb is significant. A write-in candidate would need at least 2,000 votes to knock off Ngalamulume, who will receive at least that number by being the only name on the Democratic side.
Lansing Chamber backs Hoekstra, Bernero
Whom do business organizations want as Michigan’s next governor?
Depends on which one you’re asking. Two
The Bernero endorsement was a nobrainer. The mayor and the Lansing Chamber locked arms in the last two mayoral elections.
For the Detroit Chamber, the tipping point was Dillon’s support for the Detroit River International Crossing, its A1 project.
(Kyle Melinn is the news editor at MIRSnews.com. Melinn@lansingcitypulse. com.)