Marion Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled Wednesday that Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White can remain in office while he appeals an order removing him from the statewide post.
Rosenberg said he reached the decision because he felt “the negative consequences would be great and irreparable” if he did not grant the stay. Rosenberg had issued an order Dec. 22 ousting White because he was improperly registered as a candidate when he ran for office in 2010.
But he stayed that order pending a hearing Tuesday requested by White, who has filed a notice of appeal.
Indiana’s attorney general is also appealing Rosenberg’s Dec. 22 order because it reverses a unanimous decision by the Indiana Recount Commission in June that White was eligible to run for office last year despite questions over his residency.
Rosenberg’s Dec. 22 order told the commission to certify Democrat Vop Osili as secretary of state because he received the second most votes in the 2010 election.