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Friday, March 14, 2014

Koplinski Wants Paterno to Go Kaput

Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski has been running for LG for the past few years. In the meantime, the crime-ridden City he was elected to represent is sinking from its own financial weight. But this Pennsylvania Nero, who fiddles as Harrisburg burns, wants to narrow the field in that LG race. He plans to challenge the nomination petitions submitted by another LG candidate, Jay Paterno. 

The lawyer he's hired is none other than frivolous lawsuit specialist Larry Otter, who has been sanctioned by the Commonwealth Court as well as the Eastern District of Pa. for his vexatious conduct. 

The Otter is apparently out of hibernation.

Source: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/harrisburg_councilman_says_hel.html#incart_m-rpt-1


Anonymous said...

Paterno is running to clear the family name. his candidacy is a joke.

Bernie O'Hare said...

As opposed to Koplinski.

Anonymous said...

Koplinski is a real and skilled leader. Paterno is an opportunist. Is he running on the,"free Sandusky" ticket?

Lighthouse said...

Is motivation to help clear the family name part of it? Perhaps, a part of his consideration. However, its not like the Paternos avoided politics. Joe introduced GHWBush at the 88 convention. Scott ran, and lost, for the 17th district that now represents half of Norco. Coach Paterno was quoted back in 08: "I brought my kids up to think for themselves since day one. I got a son who’s a Republican, who ran for Congress, Scott. I’m a Republican. I’ve got a son, Jay, who’s for Obama. I’ve got a daughter, who I’m pretty sure she’s for Hillary. So God bless America."

That said, I seem to recall hearing the inevitability of Norco Dem victory in the primary season, only to have a GOP sweep in November. Echo, to now, and many state Dems are salivating at Corbett's vulnerable poll numbers. While most voters don't care about the LG slot, which of these two can help/hurt the most? Or neither? Corbett, as noted in the press, is already sliding to the center trying to save his job. GOP voters are like Pavlov dogs who will vote if they hear the bell ringing right buzz words, and Dem voters stay home half the time (though they seem a little more energized this year against Corbett). Should be an interesting Fall.

Anonymous said...

Republicans plan and implement locally based on their hatreds nationally. they hatred Obama, gays, immigrants(non-white), social security, Medicare, Medicaid and anything the man tells them is "Progressive". So with that burden of anger and hate they are very strong voters in all elections. Every election is a repudiation of Obama and Progressives.

The Democrats are lazy voters who see things nationally and plan that way. They don't pay attention to local issues and think everything flows from the national level. They talk about local elections but forget, or don't bother to vote. If they are angry at a democratic candidate they won't vote at all the Fall. They come out vote for the Presidential and if they are motivated against an incumbent republican governor, like this year.
So despite all the Obama hate, next year a Dem will probably be elected President and then the Dem's will again hibernate.

Anonymous said...

Bernie..when is the final date for challenging petition signatures as to validity? Thanks.

Bernie O'Hare said...

The must be filed within 7 days of the filing deadline. It is not a good idea to do this without an attorney.

Kevin Cerino said...

Bernie, I understand that you have had some past dealings with Mr. Otter. But if the reports which have been circulating are true, Paterno's petitions are ripe for a challenge.

The problem with the petitions pretty much sums up Paterno's campaign. He didn't announce his candidacy until the start of the petition circulation period. Why would a candidate do that? Because his campaign is based on little more than his famous last name. He figured that he would coast to victory without having to do much heavy lifting (debates, building a campaign organization).

It almost worked (and may still if his petitions survive challenge). Getting all of those signatures in various counties is a daunting challenge, especially if you wait until the last minute.