After we reported it exactly a week ago, Indy Candidate Mike Myers is finally getting around to admitting he has no running mate, a statutory requirement for him to be on the ballot:
Independent Candidate for Governor Seeks New Running Mate
The Independent candidate for Governor, Mike Myers, is reluctant to announce that his good friend and choice for lieutenant governor is no longer able to seek the position on his ticket. The Myers campaign has lost Caitlin Collier as the nominee for Lieutenant Governor so that she can address an imminent health issue in her family. Myers and campaign associates are wishing Caitlin’s family the best outcome possible. Mike has personally visited with her to provide moral support and prayer. Caitlin will be missed from her important role in the early stage of the campaign, and is recognized as an outstanding mother and wife to her family.
Mike will be considering other candidates and discus the choices with supporters and friends. The campaign will officially nominate a new running mate on Tuesday July 8th in Sioux Falls. Mike is committed to choosing a running mate that is idea-‐centered, principled and serious about serving South Dakota. Mike is eager to move quickly into the next phase of his campaign, with expanded outreach to rural communities, fundraising and more one-‐on-‐one discussions with voters.
Mike Myers will make announce his new choice for Lieutenant Governor next Tuesday, July 8th at 11:30am the Main Library in Sioux Falls. 200 N. Dakota Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57117
And there’s still the big “but.”
What remains funny about this whole thing IS THAT THERE IS NO PROVISION IN STATE LAW TO REMOVE COLLIER FROM THE BALLOT.
Seriously. Check under the indy candidate provisions, and show where there’s a provision to replace the Lt. Governor candidate. There simply isn’t a legal mechanism to do so. This has been verified with sources in the Secretary of State’s office, who have been speaking with staff from the AG.
Mike Myers can go around saying that Joe Blow is his running mate instead of Caitlin Collier. But, absent a lawsuit, or further legal determination, it will be Collier’s name on the ballot. Period.
And as I said before, between Myers and Collier, you’d think a couple of attorneys could have figured that out.