April 24 remains a primary concern


The April 24 primary ap­pears likely to take place on sched­ule as the Pennsylvania Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion did not take any ac­tion on new maps dur­ing a meet­ing last week.

The com­mis­sion will meet again on Fri­day af­ter­noon, but even if a new map passes, cit­izens could ap­peal to the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court, delay­ing a fi­nal de­cision un­til early May. Le­gis­lat­ors could vote to hold the pres­id­en­tial primary as sched­uled on April 24 but delay the le­gis­lat­ive primary un­til the re­dis­trict­ing is­sues are settled.

The ori­gin­al maps were re­jec­ted by the state Su­preme Court as un­con­sti­tu­tion­al. The court cited the splits of town­ships, bor­oughs and cit­ies.

Mean­while, a num­ber of can­did­ates have had their nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions chal­lenged.

The list in­cludes Nath­an Klein­man, who is chal­len­ging U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.) in the primary; Dav­id Chris­ti­an, a Re­pub­lic­an con­tender for U.S. Sen­ate; Dan Collins, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) in the primary; and George Weiss, the Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger to state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.).


The 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict was sup­posed to have moved to a fast-grow­ing part of York County after Denny O’Bri­en was elec­ted to City Coun­cil, but the Su­preme Court’s rul­ing keeps the seat here, for now.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates are Dave Kralle, an aide to O’Bri­en in his House and Coun­cil of­fices, and teach­er John Mc­Cann.

The Demo­crat is Ed Neilson, a former polit­ic­al dir­ect­or of In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers and a former deputy labor sec­ret­ary and spe­cial as­sist­ant to the sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Gen­er­al Ser­vices un­der Gov. Ed Rendell.

Today, he is dir­ect­or of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and gov­ern­ment re­la­tions for Chartwell Law Of­fices. He’s also act­ive as a sports coach and Boy Scout lead­er.

Neilson sub­mit­ted more than 2,500 nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions — the min­im­um is 300 — and boasts a ma­jor war chest.

The can­did­ate, a mar­ried fath­er of five, also plans to open a cam­paign headquar­ters in the Grant Academy Shop­ping Cen­ter, next to Soc­cer Post. It’ll also have state forms, since O’Bri­en’s of­fice closed at the end of Decem­ber.

“It’s about the neigh­bor­hood. This dis­trict has been split up to five state reps,” he said.

So far, he’s been en­dorsed by the build­ing and mech­an­ic­al trades uni­ons and has raised about $100,000. Over the years, he’s man­aged many pro bono elec­tric­al pro­jects, in­clud­ing the Al­berta Mor­ris Pool, Penn-Crisp Gym, Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware, Park­wood Boys Club and Light­house Soc­cer Field.

O’Bri­en is sup­port­ing Kralle, though Neilson said he’s worked with the law­maker for 25 years.

Neilson is keep­ing a busy cam­paign sched­ule des­pite be­ing un­op­posed in the primary.

“I’m run­ning like the elec­tion is to­mor­row,” he said.


To chal­lenge a nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tion, one must be a mem­ber of the same party.

The chal­lenge to Weiss comes from Ana­stas­ia Lod­ise, moth­er of Brendan Boyle’s chief of staff, Dan Lod­ise. It cen­ters around a res­id­ency is­sue.

Mean­time, Boyle re­leased a poll on Sunday that showed him with a lead over Weiss of 64.25 per­cent to 17.80 per­cent.

The in­cum­bent led even among Re­pub­lic­ans and con­ser­vat­ives.

Mu­ni­cipoll sur­veyed 413 likely voters from Feb. 19-21.


Shar­ron Angle, the Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger to U.S. Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id in 2010, last week en­dorsed Dav­id Chris­ti­an in the GOP Sen­ate primary.

Chris­ti­an is a dec­or­ated Vi­et­nam War vet­er­an who has long been act­ive in help­ing re­turn­ing vet­er­ans find work and make the trans­ition to ci­vil­ian life. He is pres­id­ent of DacV­al, a Holmes­burg-based de­fense man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany that builds ground-sup­port equip­ment for U.S. Navy air­craft car­ri­ers.

In a let­ter, Angle cri­ti­cizes Gov. Tom Corbett and the Re­pub­lic­an State Com­mit­tee for en­dors­ing Mal­vern busi­ness­man Steve Welch, con­tend­ing that he was chosen, in part, be­cause he could self-fin­ance the cam­paign. She also poin­ted out that Welch once donated money to then-Rep. Joe Ses­tak and voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania primary.

Angle, of Nevada, called Chris­ti­an a “Ron­ald Re­agan Re­pub­lic­an.” He worked in the Re­agan ad­min­is­tra­tion, cre­at­ing job-train­ing pro­grams for re­turn­ing Vi­et­nam vet­er­ans.

“As a res­ult, tens of thou­sands of our vet­er­ans have found mean­ing­ful jobs,” Angle wrote.

Re­agan re­cruited Chris­ti­an to run for Con­gress in 1984 and ’86, but he lost both times to Demo­crat­ic Rep. Peter Kost­may­er.

Angle, who has a large Tea Party fol­low­ing and has ad­voc­ated “Second Amend­ment rem­ed­ies” for deal­ing with a Demo­crat­ic Con­gress, also asked people to donate $20.12 to the Chris­ti­an cam­paign.

“Dav­id’s elec­tion will be a key de­fin­ing mo­ment in de­feat­ing the Obama agenda and rein­ing Obama in and end­ing the cur­rent na­tion­al night­mare we see every day in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.,” she said in the let­ter.

Chris­ti­an and Welch are joined in the primary by Tom Smith, a wealthy former coal com­pany own­er and Tea Party lead­er from Arm­strong County; former state Rep. Sam Rohr­er; and Perry County at­tor­ney Marc Scaringi, a former aide to Sen. Rick San­tor­um.

The win­ner will face first-term Demo­crat­ic Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr., who ous­ted San­tor­um in 2006.


Jim­mie Moore is call­ing on U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D-1st dist.) to de­bate him.

Moore, a former Mu­ni­cip­al Court judge, sug­ges­ted that Brady does not have much of a le­gis­lat­ive re­cord to pro­mote. He also chal­lenged the Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee chair­man’s polit­ic­al in­flu­ence, point­ing to high poverty, school dro­pout, un­em­ploy­ment and crime rates in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. Brady has been in of­fice since 1998.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Cen­ter City Re­altor John Feather­man.


Usu­ally, it is chal­lengers such as Moore call­ing for de­bates.

However, state Rep. Tony Payton (D-179th dist.) is ask­ing primary op­pon­ent James Clay for sev­en 90-minute de­bates.

“I’ve been around for five years and have a re­cord I’d like to talk about,” he said.

Clay is the son of Frances Clay, a former pres­id­ent of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation who died in 2010.

No Re­pub­lic­an filed in the dis­trict.


The Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tion­al Uni­on Pennsylvania Coun­cil has en­dorsed former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Demo­crat­ic primary for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

The uni­on cited Murphy’s cam­paign prom­ise to pro­tect middle-class people and seni­or cit­izens from fin­an­cial scams and his work to save 1,100 jobs at the Ben­s­alem of­fice of Ex­press Scripts, a na­tion­al phar­macy be­ne­fit man­ager.

Murphy faces former Lack­awanna County As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kath­leen Kane and former Aud­it­or Gen­er­al and U.S. Rep. Don Bailey in the primary.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed. ••


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