If they didn't switch, they were told they would have tough challengers in the general election. (Don't know how tough they are, but the Republicans did, in fact, field candidates for all House races.)
At least one, and possibly several of the delegates, are planning to go public with the story this week.
Warner, a former state Republican chairman who is running against Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, in the 13th Senatorial District, couldn't be reached for comment. There had been rumors the party was trying to get retired West Virginia University athletic director Ed Pastilong to run for the seat, but he wasn't interested.
Action Gaming owner David Shriver, the distributor of limited video lottery machines to several "faux" fraternal organizations under investigation by the state Lottery Commission insists he's done nothing wrong setting up 10-machine LVL gambling parlors for several Fraternal Orders of Police and Vietnam veterans' associations.
"It's all 100 percent legal. Everybody follows all the rules: IRS, Lottery, ABC, Secretary of State," he said.
Asked how they could operate as fraternal organizations at sites where few, if any, members actually ever visit, he said all guests become associate members of the fraternal.
"It's all legal. You can't just let anybody in. They have to pay $2 or whatever it is in membership fees," he said.
Lottery Commission hearings are set to resume next week.
Finally, one historic note among the candidate filings was former state Sen. Frank Deem, R-Wood, filing to run for a 10th District House of Delegates seat.
Deem lost a re-election bid in 2010, and was removed from the 2012 Senate ballot by order of the Supreme Court under a provision that prohibits more than one senator from the same county in a multi-county senatorial district.
If elected, Deem would be returning to the House, after last serving as a delegate in 1990. Not only that, but it would be on the 60th anniversary of his first election to the House, in 1954.
I'm guessing that would be the longest span between House elections in state history.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.