Liberal political commentator Bill Maher has his eyes on U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski as part of his Flip a District campaign, meant to unseat an incumbent in elections later this year.
Maher has yet to select the finalist, the U.S. House member who’ll eventually be the target of the comedian ahead of the Nov. 4 election. But the north-central Indiana rep, from the Jimtown area, is among 16 candidates, all of them Republican.
Maher’s Flip a District effort formally started on March 27, when the first of the 16 candidates for targeting were unveiled. He’s now in the process of narrowing the list of 16 to four, the ”Flippable Four.“ The first two to make it from the pool of 16 to the final four are Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, with the other two yet to be picked.
The ”winning ’loser’“ is to be named Sept. 12, according to Maher’s blog on the campaign. ”Then we will periodically look at the district, get to know the entrenched incumbent and the people they’re supposed to serve, and generally do our level best to flip that district,“ the blog says.
Maher has been pushing the public to use social media to bolster candidates for the campaign and an anonymous blogger has been pushing to get Walorski targeted via a WordPress blog.
"Will it work? Who knows,” wrote Politico’s Dylan Byers back in January, when Maher first started publicly talking about his plans. “But it will probably make for great TV.”
Reps from the Walorski and Bock campaigns didn’t immediately respond to queries seeking comment.