The three endorsed Democrats for the PA Supreme Court swept yesterday’s primary election. David Wecht, Christine Donohue and Kevin Dougherty will attempt to fill three seats on that court in November. I really like the first two candidates but supported Anne Lazarus for the third slot. Chief Justice Ron Castille reached the mandatory retirement age, Seamus (Shame US) McCaffery resigned in disgrace after getting caught spreading hundreds of pornographic emails and Joan Orie Melvin was convicted of corruption.
As such integrity and trust are major factors in these races. Kevin Dougherty, whose brother is infamous union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty of Philadelphia’s IBEW local, has the potential to continue the shameful record of political Justices who get caught doing nefarious deeds. I won’t vote for him in November. Instead I’ll write in the name of Superior Court Judge Jack Panella.
Alice Dubow won the race for Superior Court over Robert Colville. Both are well qualified. Commonwealth Court will have Michael Wojchik as the Democratic nominee.
The three GOP candidates for Supreme Court are Judith Olson, Michael George and Anne Covey. Covey ran such a shameful campaign last time she was sanctioned for her smears of her opponent, a civil rights lawyer. It’ll be interesting to watch how the Democrats use that against her this fall. After all, this election is about integrity.
It’s unusual for endorsed Democratic candidates to win elections. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has a bad record of actually electing its preferred candidates.