Mailer hijinx continue . . .
Up is down and down is up when it comes to Allegheny County's judicial candidates. Candidates are allowed to cross-file on both the Democratic and Republican ballots which can lead to shenanigans when they're searching for extra votes across party lines (in a bid to get both the Dem and GOP nominations, all but assuring them a win in November).
As usual, North Pittsburgh Politics has the goods. First up is Jennifer Satler. Satler is a Democrat and has the endorsement of the county's Democratic committee but in an effort to collect Republican votes she issued a mailer (above) that pictures her with U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and says "Republicans Agree: Jennifer Satler For Judge." Murphy has not endorsed her however -- his only public judicial backing has been for Republican Bill Ward from neighboring Mt. Lebanon, according to the congressman's chief aide Susan Mosychuk.
Photos in the mailer show they were taken at Rosedale Tech in Kennedy Township, a job training center with a special emphasis in training vets. It's in Murphy's 18th District and he commonly speaks on military/vets issues -- Satler is on the board of the Keystone Veterans Assistance Foundation. One can imagine the uniformed soldiers in the bottom left of the mailpiece won't be thrilled to see themselves pictured in political material.
Speaking of Ward . . . he too is in the confusing mailer crowd.You can't be much more Republican than Ward (he was Tom Corbett's chief of staff before the guv nominated him for an open judge seat), but in a flip of Satler's move he is lately claiming to be a Democrat. And not just any Democrat: "THE NUMBER ONE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE." Not sure what that means, as even in the official poll position of those on the Democratic ballot he's at number 7, right about in the middle.