Timing of Thrasher-FSU deal has major implications in Senate

Now that John Thrasher has submitted his resume and letter of interest for the FSU presidency, the question in a lot of minds is not if the influential state senator will get the job but when.

he answer may have big implications for control of the Senate in 2016 and beyond.

Thrasher is one of 20 senators up for re-election this fall. The week-long qualifying period for legislative candidates (June 16-20) starts in a little more than two weeks. It’s doubtful that FSU will have decided on Eric Barron’s replacement by then, partly because Thrasher’s candidacy is likely to stir more controversy, which could slow the trustees’ decision-making process.

If Thrasher is the only Republican who files qualifying papers in strongly-Republican Senate District 6 and he then gets the FSU job, he will have to resign from the Senate. That creates a vacancy in nomination under state election laws, and the Republican Party gets to…

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