Nicole Romanishan was one of five County Council candidates in Northampton County's November 2 election. She finished sixth, behind John Brown, by 31 votes. She is also one of five Republicans who refused to respond to my questionnaire. That may have made no difference, or it may have cost her 31 votes, too. We'll never know. But Romanishan thinks an unholy trio of her fellow Republicans have cost her a victory. Instead of claiming that Democrats stole the race, she's blaming a tainted threesome from the GOP.
The Express Times reported on the filing of this suit back in December. The Defendants are Gloria "General Lee" Snover, her brother Gerry Pritchard and Cindy Miller, a Lehigh Township supervisor. Romanishan is represented by Scranton barrister Lawrence Moran. I waited until now to see if there's been a response. As of now, there is none.
According to Romanishan, the state Republican party prepared palm cards to be handed out at the polls, seeking support for all Republican candidates. This includes Romanishan. But between the time that the state party prepared these cards and the time they were handed out to Lehigh Tp voters, Romanishan's name was crossed out. The lawsuit contends that this was the unlawful conversion of a gift from state Republicans.
On its face, this lawsuit seems dubious. I have no reason to believe that Snover, who chairs the NorCo GOP, would try to sabotage a Republican in a contested race. I am equally unclear on what might have motivated her brother or Cindy Miller. But let's assume this happened. How can Romanishan prove that this is what caused her to lose? That seems like a real stretch, especially since most voters discard palm cards almost immediately.
She claims the palm cards were a gist from the state GOP. Shouldn't the state party be suing as well?