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Castille to run; Depasquale not

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Via PoliticsPA, Pa Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille will run for retention this year, which is significant because he will turn 70 next year and be forced to step down. Should fellow Justice Joan Orie Melvin be convicted on corruption charges that could give Gov. Tom Corbett the chance to appoint two justices to the high court (pending a 2/3 Senate confirmation). Both Castille and Melvin are Republicans.

One day before he gets sworn-in as Auditor General, Eugene Depasquale is squashing any talk he could run for the Democratic nod for governor in 2014. From his office:

Harrisburg – During my campaign for auditor general, I pledged to be an independent fiscal watch-dog who wouldn't allow politics to overshadow or compromise the integrity of the important work that will be required of my office over the next few years.

That is why prior to taking the oath of office tomorrow I am declaring that I will not be a candidate for governor in 2014.

The people of Pennsylvania elected me to be a tough, fair and independent watchdog. That's what I intend to do from day one.

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