In our ongoing live-blogging of the petition challenge filing deadline, a challenge has just been filed to Bill Byrnes’ nomination petitions for the 13th Congressional District. Byrnes is a retired bus driver. He filed to run for the democratic nomination along with Judge Ann Callis, George Gollin, and David Green.
The republican candidates who have filed are incumbent Rodney Davis, Michael Firsching, and Erika Harold.
The challenge was filed by Donald Necessary of Bloomington who has no official connection with any candidate in the race that we could uncover. However, the only persons to request Byrnes’ petitions were a republican election law attorney from Chicago and Gollin’s campaign manager, Monica Biddix. Also, a quick google search revealed that a Facebook user with the name Donald Necessary recently liked a picture posted by Gollin’s campaign from an event in McLean County:
This circumstantial evidence points to the Gollin campaign as being the most likely behind the challenge.