Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was convicted of six felonies early this morning, and consequently lost his job.
But the Republican could get it back soon.
White, 42, Fishers, plans to ask a judge to reduce his convictions – all class D felonies – to misdemeanors at sentencing. It’s uncertain whether that move would allow him to reclaim his job.
“We don’t know the right answer to that,” White said. “This is all very new.”
Shortly after White’s verdict was read, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in a news release shortly before 3 a.m. that he has appointed Jerry Bonnet, White’s chief deputy, as interim secretary of state.
“I have chosen not to make a permanent appointment today out of respect for the judge’s authority to lessen the verdict to a misdemeanor and reinstate the elected office holder,” the Republican governor said in the news release. “If the felony convictions are not altered, I anticipate making a permanent appointment quickly.”
Now, if all of these players were Democrats, what would your reaction to this be, conservatives? And what is Mitch Daniels thinking, allowing to keep a man convicted of voting fraud as the state's top election official if the charges get reduced to misdemeanors? If any Democratic party governor tried that, it would be national news about the "corrupt Dem voting fraud machine".
But reports on the actually corrupt Republican voting fraud machine that exists to the point of a Secretary of State being convicted on voting fraud crimes? Doesn't count.
It's Okay If You're A Republican(tm).