From The Hill:
It appears pretty cut and dry to me, so unless there is some unknown loophole that lawyers can exploit, Sen. Padgett cannot run.
While election officials are examining whether Rep. Bob Ney’s (R-Ohio) hand-picked successor is eligible to run for his seat in the fall, some political insiders are noting that a somewhat similar effort by another
candidate for Congress was rejected last month. Ohio
Charles Morrison, a former Republican, was barred in July by the Franklin County Board of Elections from running as an independent against Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy under the section of
election law known as the "sore loser" provision. Ohio
This section states no individual who seeks a party nomination in the primary election by "declaration of candidacy or by declaration of intent to be a write in candidate" is permitted to run in the general election for any other office, other than a member of a board of education or a "township trustee."
Ney's pick to take his seat in the 18th District,
state Sen. Joy Padgett (R), lost her bid for lieutenant governor in the Ohio primary in May 2006, which could bring her under the provision. Ohio
NOTE: Cross-posted from Right Angle Blog.