Joe DeFelice, executive director of Republican City Committee, said he is pleased that the district attorney’s office charged three Democratic election officials with committing fraud in the 2014 and 2015 elections.
“We’ve been repeatedly pointing out there are election officials gaming the system. It’s about time someone else has finally been starting to take this seriously,” he said.
During the May 19 election, a judge of elections at a polling place at Castor Avenue and Cayuga Street in Juniata allegedly went into the voting booth to tell her husband who to vote for and then signed the register as her son in order to cast a second vote. An inspector was also charged in the alleged scheme.
In the 2014 primary, a woman voted in her mother’s name at a polling place at 1410 S. 20th St. in South Philadelphia.
The charges are the third set in two years that the district attorney’s office has leveled against a total of eight people.
“There is still much more to do in the fight for clean elections in Philadelphia; couple this with the guilty pleas of several Democrat judges, state representatives and a state senator in the last year shows that widespread corruption continues, and the people of Philadelphia deserve better,” DeFelice said.
The 31st annual Republican City Committee Bill Meehan Clambake will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.
The band Blu Dogz will entertain.
The Times will conduct a straw poll, asking guests to choose their favorite Republican presidential candidate.
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey leads two possible Democratic opponents, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll of 970 Pennsylvanians.
Toomey leads former congressman Joe Sestak, 47 percent to 36 percent. He narrowly defeated Sestak in 2010. Toomey leads Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, 52 percent to 28 percent.
“With healthy job approval and favorability ratings and opponents who have very weak or even negligible recognition, Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey seems to be on cruise control - for now,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
President Barack Obama has a negative job approval rating in Pennsylvania, 42 percent to 55 percent.
Megan Sweeney, communications director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, released a statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s newest political action committee, “Rebuild Pennsylvania.”
Wolf unveiled the PAC on June 22, just eight days before the state’s budget deadline.
“With just days to go before Pennsylvania’s budget deadline, it appears that Tom Wolf is more concerned about politics than the future of our commonwealth,” Sweeney said. “Following an embarrassing and unanimous defeat of his tax hikes in the state House, Tom Wolf has decided to engage in the type of cheap political tactics that don’t result in solutions.
“At such a critical time in Pennsylvania’s budget history, Tom Wolf has chosen to focus on his political distortions than on the future of this commonwealth. It’s time for Tom Wolf to stop focusing on his political career and start working with the state Senate and House to create a fiscally responsible budget that puts Pennsylvania families first.” ••