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Ohio: AG rules Padgett not barred by 'sore loser' law

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: Ohio Sen. Joy Padgett's unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor earlier this year does not prevent her from running in a special election for the GOP congressional ballot slot vacated by Bob Ney, according to an opinion issued Thursday afternoon by her former running mate, Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro.

Petro's opinion also says it would be legal for party officials to appoint Padgett to the slot instead of holding a special election. Padgett ran for statewide office on the unsuccessful gubernatorial ticket headed by Petro.

Democrats say they don't believe Padgett is eligible to run, and they will challenge the decision in court.

"The Republican corrupt machinery has once again narrowly interpreted the law in their favor," said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Brian Rothenberg.

Rothenberg said Padgett should be disqualified by both a "sore loser" statute designed to keep failed primary candidates from gaining slots on the November ballot, and a provision the Ohio legislature adopted to prevent Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland, a congressman from Lisbon, from seeking re-election to his congressional seat if he lost the gubernatorial primary. -- Padgett eligible to seek Ney ballot slot, Petro says

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