Nice catch here on state petition challenges from Infinonymous on Pittsburgh mover-and-shaker Dave Malone aiding Mike Turzai's effort to bounce his Democratic challenger in the state House. (I've confirmed that it is the same David J. Malone, a top fundraiser for Luke Ravenstahl and Tom Murphy.)
Another interesting point: Veteran Republican overachiever Mike Turzai, state senator from the North Hills, has challenged the petitions of an unknown Democrat, Sharon Brown. One of the three registered Democrats named as a challenger is a David J. Malone -- who shares at least a name with a big donor to Democrats who also happens to be a prominent local beneficiary of the decisions of pragmatic Democratic elected officials (such as Tom Murphy). Malone (right) is among Luke Ravenstahl's biggest funders; Malone and Turzai are part of Ravenstahl's"problem-solving" pension panel.
Unless the situation involves two David J. Malones, why would two-way Democratic player Malone and Republican heartthrob Turzai form a tag-team to scuttle an inconsequential Democratic primary candidate? Someone should ask Jim Burn.