Melissa Haluszczak, the GOP candidate running against Mike Doyle in Pittsburgh's 14th congressional district, needed to get a court injunction yesterday in order to hold a planned town hall meeting at a Baldwin-Whitehall school district middle school.
No reasons were given for the school district's attempt, late Monday, to block the GOP meeting. A lawyer for Haluszcak, who is a Coraopolis paralegal and Tea Party activist, filed an emergency injunction challenging the school district decison, which was approved yesterday by Common Pleas Court Judge (and former Democratic city councilman) Alan Hertzberg. A picture of his ruling (denying attorney fees) is below.
From a statement from Haluszcak's campaign:
Melissa Haluszczak, is disappointed that the Baldwin-Whitehall School District would act in such a manner, and demands an investigation into how such an action could be taken. Ms. Haluszczak said “I would think that a school district, an organization that is at the heart of education, would be interested in supporting an event that is helping to educate the public as part of the political process. This isn’t about Republican or Democrat. This was about helping the public to get to know one of the candidates running for office in the district.”
Ms. Haluszczak went on to question whether her campaign was being targeted or if the Baldwin-Whitehall School District has done this to other political campaigns. Has the school district allowed other politicians to hold town hall meetings without incident?