Quick appeal in Guzzardi case

Published by Karen Langley on .

That was quick.

By 9:04 a.m. the state GOP's general counsel had filed an appeal of yesterday's order keeping Gov. Tom Corbett's primary challenger, Bob Guzzardi, on the ballot.

With the primary contest May 20, opponents of Guzzardi's listing need to move fast, as Lawrence Tabas, who is representing four petitioners, notes in his request that the Supreme Court expedite the appeal.

Absentee ballots for military personnel have been mailed, official absentee ballots must be printed by May 6 and counties will begin preparing ballots and programming voting machines the week of April 21, Tabas writes.

"Should appellant-petitioners prevail on appeal, election officials will need sufficient time before the Primary to print accurate paper ballots and accurately program voting machines with the correct candidates," he writes.

Guzzardi has been unavailable for comment because of Passover, but his attorney yesterday called the order to keep him on the ballot "a victory for the democratic process and Republican primary voters."


Corbett ad: rebuttal on education

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Susan Corbett, the state's First Lady, is the star of a new Corbett campaign ad aiming to burnish the administration's credentials on education funding, a regular target of criticisms from his Democratic challengers.  They routinely denounce the cuts to school district funding that coincided with the Corbett's first years in office.  The adminstration maintains that local school cuts were the product of the cuttoff of the federal stimulus dollars provided as a temporary response to the economic crisis.  Corbett argues, as does the new ad, that the amount of state dollars to education is now well above the levels schools were receiving at the time he took office.

Most of this ad focuses on Susan Corbett discussing the fact that she and her husband once taught school and asserting that devotion to quality education is a top priority for them.
“Tom and I were both teachers, so education is very important, and we know that’s the key to success,” she says at one point.  “He’s increased spending in the education department $1.5 billion dollars over what it was when he came into office, and we are also one of the top states in the country in what we spend per pupil in education. ...  Every kid in Pennsylvania deserves to be off to a good start, and I think that is what drives Tom every day he is in office.''

McGinty X 2

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The McGinty campaign is up with two new ads, just 15 seconds each.  The campaign says they're running statewide.  One spot notes that she's been endorsed by former Vice President Al Gore and praised by Bill Clinton, while pointing to her tenure as the state's DEP secretary.  It boasts that the state attracted $1 billion in clean energy investments during her time in Harrisburg.

The second ad focuses on her call to enact a severance tax on natural gas and devote the revenue to education.  "When oil and gas companies don't pay their fair share, the middle class pays more in property taxes,'' McGinty says in that ad while promising to restrore cuts in education funding.

Here's the two ads, "Work,''

and "Share.''


Schwartz targets 'Old Boys Club'

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Rep. Allyson Schwartz is up with her second ad, this one criticizing the 'old boys club' in Harrisburg.

“We all know that the old boys club exists in Harrisburg,” Schwartz says in the ad. “And I have to tell you that it is holding us back. When they get together, they look out for each other and the status quo.“

“Pennsylvania deserves a Governor who can make a difference, break through the old boys club and get things done for Pennsylvania families,'' speaking from a podium to a crowd assembled for the commercial.  "It’s what I have always done and why I am running for Governor."


Guzzardi still on ballot

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A Commonwealth Court judge has rejected an effort, backed by the state Republican Party, to remove a GOP challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett from the primary ballot.

Lawrence Tabas, general counsel for the state GOP, said the petitioners will appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The primary election is May 20.

"It will be done extremely promptly," he said.

Guzzardi, a businessman from Montgomery County, described himself in a recent interview as a limited-government alternative to the first-term Republican governor.

"This is the taxpayer versus big government, that's what this is about, and Tom Corbett and state committee and the Republican General Assembly are big-government Republicans," he said.

He said he plans to spend little money -- perhaps $10,000 -- on a campaign, relying instead on dissatisfaction among proponents of limited government.

The petitioners challenged a number of signatures on Guzzardi's nominating petitions and argued he was wrong to describe himself as a "semi-retired businessman and lawyer," since his attorney license is inactive. They also challenged his filing of a statement of financial interests.

But in an order today Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt denied the request to strike Mr. Guzzardi's name from the ballot.

Guzzardi's attorney, Gretchen Coles Sterns, said in a statement that the ruling is "a victory for the democratic process and Republican primary voters."