State elections ordinarily rate little note on a blog devoted to military justice matters, but here’s an exception to the rule: California attorney Orly Taitz, the so-called “birther queen” who championed the anti-Obama cause on her own behalf and achieved CAAFlog fame in cases involving military litigants CPT Connie Rhodes and CPT Pamela Barnett, is a candidate in today’s primary election in California. She’s running for the GOP nomination for Secretary of State.
There is some speculation in the California Republican party that Ms. Taitz, who was sanctioned by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land for her antics in the Rhodes case, could win the nomination. If so, and if she prevails in the general election in November, Ms. Taitz would become the top election official in the state with the largest number of electoral college votes. In that post, she would be responsible for initially determining ballot eligibility questions in the 2012 election cycle.
Stay tuned tonight.
UPDATE: As of 9 pm PDT, Ms. Taitz trails badly. With 10% of California precincts reporting, her opponent leads with 74.8% of the vote. No word on whether he is eligible to with the nomination, though — perhaps there’s still hope.
WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: With just over 54% of California precincts now in, Ms. Taitz still trails. She has made up some ground on her opponent, whose share of the vote has dropped to just 73.9%, but her prospects for a win now look very slim indeed.
FINAL TOTALS: Although she made up some ground during the late-night tally, Ms. Taitz has fallen just short of victory, garnering 25.7% of the vote. Those who have followed her career for inspiration (or entertainment) will be disappointed, but I suspect we have not heard the last of Ms. Taitz or her political ambitions.