Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Election 2010

May 5, 2010

Who the heck is Tom Haney?

Non-certified U.S. Senate candidate gets 200 votes

Kokomo — Tom Haney has a website, which claims he’s running for the U.S. Senate.

The state of Indiana, however, doesn’t have him listed as an official candidate.

Tuesday, Haney apparently overcame that obstacle, garnering 200 votes in Howard County, according to unofficial election results posted on the Howard County Clerk’s website.

A Warsaw physician, Haney seemingly considered running for the GOP Senate nomination won Tuesday by Dan Coats.

But Dale Simmons, attorney for the Indiana Election Division, said Haney never submitted paperwork to be on the statewide ballot as a candidate.

Tuesday evening, Howard County Republicans were puzzled by the votes coming in for Haney.

As the vote totals were written on the whiteboard at county GOP headquarters, Haney’s name wasn’t listed.

“I don’t even know who that is,” Howard County Republican Party Chairman Craig Dunn said Wednesday. “He isn’t even a qualified candidate, because only five guys were certified.”

The Associated Press, which tabulated statewide vote totals, also didn’t list Haney as a candidate.

Most importantly, the Indiana Election Division never certified Haney to be on the Howard County ballot.

The certified candidate list, sent from the election division to Howard County Clerk Mona Myers on March 8, shows Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney, Coats, John Hostettler and Marlin Stutzman as the GOP U.S. Senate candidates.

Myers wasn’t available for comment Wednesday, but Tuesday, she said “the state certified the ballot” when asked about the votes coming in for Haney.

Efforts to review an actual Republican ballot cast in Howard County were unsuccessful Wednesday, so it was unclear whether Haney’s name was on the ballot.

If it was, it shouldn’t have been, Simmons said.

A secretary answering the phone at Haney’s medical practice Wednesday said Haney was in Haiti and unavailable for comment.

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