Politics & Policy

At It Again: Dems Help Third-Party Candidate Qualify for Ballot

Last week, reports emerged that Democrats behind Bryan Lentz, the man running behind Republican Pat Meehan in PA-7, had helped a third-party candidate and “birther” sympathizer onto the ballot. This week, it looks like prominent union leaders who’ve endorsed Democrat Dan Onorato for governor have helped third-party candidate John Krupa onto the ballot.

Members of unions that endorsed Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, as well as one of his campaign workers, helped get Tea Party candidate John Krupa onto Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial ballot for November’s election, state records show.

Krupa, 59, of Clinton County filed petitions Aug. 2 with more than 24,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot. Among those who gathered signatures are officers of building trades unions, whose statewide organization unanimously endorsed Onorato on June 9 — including several officers from a Pittsburgh union hall where Onorato announced his candidacy and celebrated his primary victory.

… “It may not be a conspiracy, but it is a pattern,” said G. Terry Madonna, political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

You know what this pattern suggests? Desperation.

In related news: “Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Joe Sestak challenged a Green Party candidate who has attempted to join the race with Republican Pat Toomey.”

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