Pennsylvania Democrats today nominated Teresa Sarmini for the November ballot for Superior Court. Due to the retirement of Judge Maureen Lally-Green a fourth spot on the Court is open and voters will elect four Superior Court Judges. Sarmina won the nomination on the first ballot.
Congressman Joe Sestak was there all day with a large contingent of campaign staff and seemed to make considerable progress towards gaining key support in the final state committee meeting before January’s endorsement vote.
Senator Specter promised the county Chairs free tickets to his upcoming $1000/person event in Philadelphia with President Obama. TJ Rooney then announced the Senator will pay for every state committee person to attend. This makes me thing the Senator is having trouble selling tickets if he has to begin tickets away at $1000 apiece. It’ll remain to be seen if he can buy off committee people for a thousand bucks a pop. This hits me as trying to buy votes.
I got video interviews with many candidates though I did miss out interviewing Commonwealth Court Judge candidate Linda Judson. I will have to try to get that done sometime when she’s in my area, if possible. Instead of doing her interview I had to redo a taping of the new candidate Teresa Sarmina and, consequently, missed Judson. I’ll be processing these video segments for the log asap. I also spoke with all the candidates we have yet to interview on Democratic Talk Radio and we’ll be setting them up in the near future.
State Committee also passed a resolution calling on the Congressional delegation to support a new federal law requiring verified paper ballots in all new voting machines. Kudos go to Marybeth Kuznick for her tireless work on our behalf on this important issue. There was also a tribute to the late Sen. Kennedy. The best speaker was Paul McNulty who recalled being a Kennedy delegate in 1980 and loquaciously reminded everyone of “The Dream Must Never Die” speech and said we must insure it never dies. That mantle is now passed to all of us.
After the bump listen to the entire historic speech.
Here is Marybeth Kuznik’s talk to the Labor Caucus about supporting the verified paper ballot resolution: