Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hoeffel outraged at Onorato challenge

Democrat Joe Hoeffel said today that his petition to get on the May 18 primary ballot for governor is being challenged in court by one of his Democratic rivals, Dan Onorato.

Hoeffel outraged at Onorato challenge

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Democrat Joe Hoeffel said today that his petition to get on the May 18 primary ballot for governor is being challenged in court by one of his Democratic rivals, Dan Onorato.
Hoeffel, in a statement, called it a “cowardly act” that “clearly shows Onorato is scared and he has turned desperate.”
State law requires a gubernatorial candidate to get 2,000 petition signatures from registered voters, including at least 100 in each of 10 counties.
Hoeffel, a Montgomery County commissioner, said he had filed 7,632 signatures from 33 counties by the deadline last week.
To get him removed from the primary ballot, Onorato, the Allegheny County executive, would have to show in Commonwealth Court that Hoeffel fell short of the required signatures. Potential reasons could include that a signer wasn’t registered or didn’t write his name in accordance with his registration.
Onorato’s campaign could not be reached for immediate comment.
Until now, the four Democrats in the primary have played nice. Now, all of a sudden, it's hardball.

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