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Musical chairs continue in House races

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm with No Comments »
May 7, 2012 6:32 pm

Paul Wagemann is nothing if not flexible.

The Lakewood Republican announced he would challenge state Rep. Tami Green, then decided to run for Rep. Troy Kelley‘s seat instead when Kelley’s departure left it open. Now that Steve O’Ban has announced for Kelley’s seat, Wagemann has returned to his earlier plan of challenging Green, House Democrats’ floor leader.

It’s possible this won’t be the last of the musical chairs. There’s another Republican in the race against Green, Malcolm Russell, and it seemed like one of Russell’s main calculations in choosing his target was allowing Wagemann to have first pick.

If Russell doesn’t move over, then O’Ban will have accomplished something impressive: clearing the field within his party for an open seat in one of the state’s most competitive districts. And he will have done it even though he was the third Republican to throw his hat in the ring.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Russell is still in the race against Green, his campaign consultant said.

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