We all know about how the GoP is trying to get rid of Alan West by re-redistricting him out of the running. Well, the Dems are doing the same thing to my Blue Dog, votes with the Republicans more than most Republicans, Democrat Congressman Jason Altmire. You see, Jason voted against Obamacare, has a great track record on the second Amendment, and is more of a fiscon than most in the Congress. So now the Democrat Party Machine in PA is allowing a carpetbagger to muscle in from the out of town. I will bet the former speaker is all for this stunt.
Who is this carpetbagger? Why it’s none other than U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, remember him? He was the hand picked replacement and lifelong political flunkey/gopher-it boy/ man servant for the traitor John ‘Haditha Marines‘ Murtha (burn in hell, John you traitorous bastard. SPIT!). PA-12 got redistricted now the rats are fleeing that nasty, run down joint. Now Critz is challenging Jason’s signatures to be on the ballot. If he wins this challenge, Jason is out.
If Critz can pull this off, That eliminates one of the last Patriotic Democrats, a Truman Democrat of the Old School, and enemy of former Speaker Pelosi. It also assures that whomever the GoP runs against Critz will win. This isn’t PA-12, we are a Red District and have been for two cycles. So, I invited Jason again to join the GoP, He is already more conservative than most of the spineless GoP punks anyway.
A Commonwealth Court judge will decide Monday if enough signatures on U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire’s nominating petition are valid, thus determining if he stays on the Democratic primary ballot April 24 in the new 12th Congressional District.
Altmire’s primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown, challenged nearly 950 of the 1,651 signatures Altmire, of McCandless Township, submitted. Candidates must have 1,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot.
At a hearing Friday in Pittsburgh, both sides ultimately agreed to have the decision come down to whether 200 signatures collected by Abby Silverman, Altmire’s fundraising assistant and director of new media, should be allowed.
Critz’s campaign maintains that the signatures she collected should be ruled invalid because she lives outside the district in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh. Altmire’s representatives contend that Silverman lives in O’Hara Township.
The two incumbent Democrats are facing each other in the primary because redistricting moved the former 4th Congressional District that Altmire represented and reconfigured the 12th District so that it includes parts of areas now represented by both.
The increasingly nasty election battle between U.S. Reps. Mark Critz and Jason Altmire may hinge on which place a judge determines is the legal residence of a young campaign staff worker: her parents’ home, or an apartment she shares outside of the newly redrawn 12th District.
Republicans who control Harrisburg created the Western Pennsylvania district to force the Democrats into a primary contest during the once-a-decade process of revising boundaries to reflect population shifts.
The dispute landed in court on Friday, and Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said he would rule on the matter as early as Monday. His decision could knock Altmire of McCandless off the ballot, potentially ending his bid for a fourth term in Congress.
Critz of Johnstown, who is serving his first full term, claims that about 200 petition signatures submitted by Altmire’s campaign are not valid because a young staff worker who collected them shares an apartment outside of the district. If Critz succeeds in getting those petitions thrown out, Altmire would be left with about 950 signatures, or less than the required 1,000, a spokesman for Critz said.
But Pellegrini questioned a key aspect of that argument during a hearing, noting that Altmire’s campaign worker is a registered voter in the 12th District.
David Montgomery, Altmire’s lawyer, presented dozens of pieces of evidence showing that the 23-year-old campaign worker still lists her parents’ address in O’Hara on her driver’s license, bills, pay stubs and checks. O’Hara is inside the 12th District.
Scott Caulfield, Critz’s lawyer, questioned whether the campaign worker sleeps at her parents’ house on most nights, as opposed to an apartment she shares in Pittsburgh, which is outside the district.
The law requires candidates for the House to submit the signatures of 1,000 registered party voters to get on the primary ballot. The Altmire campaign presented 1,651 signatures, but Critz successfully challenged hundreds of them as invalid.
The primary is April 24.