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Rep. Walorski doesn't make liberal commentator Bill Maher's pared down list of candidates to push for ouster

The Indiana GOPer made a preliminary list of 16 but apparently didn’t inspire enough of Maher’s wrath to make it further.

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:10 p.m.

Monday Aug. 4, 2014

ELKHART — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski did not inspire enough wrath from Bill Maher, apparently.

The liberal political commentator named the last of the four final candidates for his Flip a District campaign last Friday, and the Republican Indiana lawmaker didn’t make the grade. While Walorski made the preliminary list of 16, all of them GOPers, the four finalists are Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, John Kline of Minnesota, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.

Maher and his cohorts plan to select one candidate among the final four and, ahead of the Nov. 4 election, “do our level best to flip that district,“ Maher’s blog said. The Flip a District campaign is a feature on Maher’s HBO program, Real Time with Bill Maher.

In naming Walorski in June to the list of 16, Maher called her a “gerrymandering queen,” alluding to the shift in boundaries of her legislative district, the Second District, after the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau count. The district, which covers north central Indiana, including Elkhart County, became more Republican after the change, observers say, though Walorski didn’t have a hand in drawing the new boundaries.

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