Nate Kleinman, an Occupy Philly member, this morning dropped his bid to get his name on the April 24 Democratic primary election ballot to challenge U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz for the 13th District seat. Facing a legal challenge to his nominating petitions, Kleinman decided to try a run for the seat with a write-in effort.
Kleinman unsuccessfully tried to play a narrow legal game in a hearing this morning, denying that he had been properly served with the legal papers filed by four of Schwartz's political supporters. Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman was not swayed, telling Kleinman she thought he "did everything possible to avoid being personally served."
Hearing that, Kleinman asked to withdrawn his nominating petitions and told Freidman he would run as a write-in candidate.
Abbe Fletman, an attorney for the Schwartz supporters, testified that Kleinman told her his "legal advisors told him he should not participate in the process." Kleinman later confirmed that in testimony, while insisting that he had not been personally served with the documents. He testified that that a courier last month handed the documents to his deputy campaign manager at the door to his home while he stood in the living room.