"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
It looks like the Democratic establishment finally caught a bit of a break Tuesday: Tamyra d’Ippolito has, apparently, not qualified for the ballot for the party’s nomination for Senate in Indiana.
Petitions were due at noon Tuesday to qualify for the election for the Senate seat that Evan Bayh has suddenly decided he doesn’t want anymore. D’Ippolito, who had been the only other Democrat running against Bayh, presented a potentially serious problem for the party: She had very few resources, very little experience and was unlikely to pose much of an obstacle to whichever Republican wins the GOP nomination. But if she had managed to qualify for the ballot, she would have been the Democratic nominee, since no one else would have made it into the primary.
In order to qualify, though, d’Ippolito needed to turn in petitions with valid signatures from 500 voters in each of the state’s nine congressional districts. And in Marion County, the home of Indianapolis, which encompasses the entire 7th Congressional District, she turned in a grand total of two signatures.
“She fell 498 signatures short in the 7th Congressional District,” Terry Burns, the Democratic member for the Marion County Board of Voter Registration, told Salon. “Since we have the entire 7th within our county, it’s fair to say she fell way short.” The county Board of Elections, where petitions could also have been turned in, received nothing from d’Ippolito at all Tuesday, according to Alex Bowscher, a clerk there.
That means the party establishment will pick a candidate, since Bayh’s withdrawal means no one will have qualified. Republicans, hoping to stir up trouble, are calling for the deadline to be extended, but it’s set by statute, which means it might not be able to be changed even if everyone wanted to push it back.
Democrats will continue searching for a stronger candidate for November. So far, sources say, they’ve been focusing on Rep. Brad Ellsworth or Rep. Baron Hill.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)