Two notaries connected to allegations of fraud in last year's elections for Republican committemen have permanently surrendered their notary licenses after an investigation by the state of Pennsylvania.
Carmella Fitzpatrick, who works for Republican City Committee, and Jeanine DiGiannantonio, who works for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, a haven for GOP patronage jobs, both turned in their notary licenses after an investigation by the state into questionable signatures on petitions in races for Republican Committeeman in May 2010.
Fitzpatrick and DiGiannantonio notarized the petitions during an intense battle for control over the Republican City Committee, run by Michael Meehan, the third generation of his family to have that role. Committemen elect ward leaders, who, in turn elect the party's top leader.
The district attorney also is investigation forged signatures in petitions in that race. Another notary involved in the investigation, Jennifer Jandrisitz, who works for Republican City Councilman Jack Kelly, was not part of the state action. She told the Inquirer last year that some of the candidates whose petitions she notarized had not appeared before her, as required by law. One of those candidates, Joan Chapman, could not be located by The Inquirer and appeared to be a fiction.