[This is so notable that comment is required. First, the Tea Party seems determined to play along with the Governor's vote suppression plan (for local comment on that, along party lines, see the Daily Local News). The plan is still being held up in the courts and could be headed back to the PA Supreme Court.
In addition, the organization calling for these two judges to be rejected is the one whose Vice President for Pennsylvania, Sean Carpenter, has just proclaimed that the current West Chester Area school board, to which he is seeking reelection on Nov. 5, is "the least political board that has been sitting in that position for decades." For background and refutation, see "WCASD race: Fiction of the Week award: 'The least political board'" at West Chester Borough Democrats, 10/30/13.
Once again Carpenter, to use his own phrase, is firing a "shot over the bough [sic]“–this time, the bow of the PA Supreme Court as well as the mainstream Republican party.
For the text of the press release, see “Tea Party Group Urges ‘No’ Vote on PA Supreme Court Justices,” Pottstown Mercury, 10/31/13.
Voters beware, that’s all we can add.]
by Nick Field, PoliticsPA, 11/1/13
Normally, the judges on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court don’t have to worry much about whether or not they will be retained by voters. This year, however, Justices Castille and Baer will face some opposition.
The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC released a press release today urging voters to vote “No” in Tuesday’s election for the retention of both justices. The group’s anger stems from the failure of the Court to uphold the controversial voter ID law that was passed and signed into law by Governor Corbett.
“The Independence Hall Tea Party worked extremely hard to help get Voter ID passed–beginning in November 2010,” said PAC President, Don Adams.
“We have contacted over 170 Tea Party and Patriot groups across Pennsylvania to ask that they join us in urging the rejection of Justices Ron Castille and Max Baer for their role in obstructing the implementation of the Voter ID law in both the 2012 and 2013 Pennsylvania Primary and General Elections.”
Although the group pledged to take this course of action last year if the law was struck down, it still comes as a bit of a surprise. Chief Justice Ron Castille is a Republican and Associate Justice Max Baer is a Democrat, yet both the state Democratic and Republican parties have officially endorsed the retention of each judge….
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