First of all I want to say I hope Carl Romanelli survives the challenges and will be on the ballot in November. Even if the way he financed his petition drive leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As it has pointed out to me this is the way the game is played. Now the other shoe drops and the PA Democratic Party will go to court to knock him off. We will see what happens. My regret is that that the other "3rd" party candidates didn't make the cut. The Libertarian, Constitution and Socialist Workers Party candidates should be on the ballot. Russ Diamond got over 30,000 signatures and we won't have to have the opportunity to vote for him for Governor. The system has to change. As LVDem pointed out to me, the more choices the better the product. And the Roadmap to Reform from Democracy Rising advocates:
Amend election laws so that they level the playing field for all citizens who want to run for public office regardless of party affiliation.
In other Green Party news Carl is leading the charge against the latest attempt to change the Wilkes-Barre charter. They are going to court to block the latest attempt to tinker with the way city council is elected.
WILKES-BARRE -A state court will likely have the final say in how Wilkes-Barre voters elect council members -again. Bergold's proposed question would ask city voters if they wanted to wipe out new, district-based city council elections approved in 2001. The Luzerne County Green Party vowed Tuesday to challenge the legality of Bergold's question. The party contends changes approved by voters in 2001 have yet to be implemented and cannot legally be reversed, said Carl Romanelli, co-chair of the Luzerne County Green Party.
"We think it's unlawful," Romanelli said of the planned referendum. "We think the law is five years after the districts have been enacted, not after the referendum passed and was subsequently delayed by agents of city council."
So Carl is going to spend a lot of time in court between his Senate petitions and the new brouhaha over W-B council districts. I still come back to the question I asked a few months back. Carl, why run for an office like Senator that you can't win instead of an office like State Rep that you might have a shot at in a weird year like this?