As of Wednesday night not a single Democrat is even attempting to take convicted felon Jane Orie's place in the state Senate north of Pittsburgh.
The McCandless Republican's fate was sealed for weeks before she was sentenced to jail Monday but apparently the Democratic party hasn't been able to attract a single candidate to run for the Aug. 7 special election to fill the 2.5 years left on her term. It's a Republican-leaning district anyway, but the party seems poised to let Melissa Hart (or the other Republican hopefuls running) take the job with no competition whatsoever.
Democratic committee members are supposed to vote Thursday night on their candidate (and had promised letters of intent by 5 p.m. Tuesday) but apparently no one has applied. We've asked for updates all day from officials from both the Allegheny County and state Democratic party organizations and have heard nothing in response. Nor has 2010 Orie challenger Dan DeMarco responded to questions.
Democratic committee members in the North Hills district (covering parts of Allegheny and Butler counties) are supposedly giving more attention to supporting former PSU professor Missa Eaton's challenge of freshman congressman Mike Kelly of Butler.
UPDATE 9 am: Party officials say they expect to have a candidate(s?) by this afternoon.