The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania is scheduled to make their decision on potential state representative candidate Pete Starr’s petition objection tomorrow, March 9th.
Former police chief of Altoona, Pete Starr, is planning to run against current State Representative of the 79th District, John McGinnis, in this year’s Republican primary, but Starr is currently awaiting the decision from Harrisburg on his petition. An objection was filed against his petition on February 24th because of several issues with the 382 gathered signatures. In case you missed last week’s coverage of that story, you can find it here.
Last Wednesday, March 2nd, WRTA brought both John McGinnis and Pete Starr onto the show to discuss the situation and how they plan to move forward with their campaign after the ruling.
When State Representative John McGinnis was asked to comment on why he thought the objection was filed, he replied with “A resident of the 79th district [Wendy Griswold], who’s a registered Republican, who circulated petitions on my behalf, was upset with what she heard about the filings [of Starr’s petition] and wondered why there’s different rules for him than applied to us.”
Pete Starr suggested that the news team get in contact with Wendy Griswold, the Altoona resident who filed the objection against Starr’s petition. “Wendy Griswold was an employee at Penn State Altoona. I don’t think she has the money necessary to file these petitions and have an attorney come from Pottsville, Pennsylvania to Harrisburg and go over these petitions one signer at a time. Somebody in the background is paying…I don’t think it’s coming out of her pocketbook,” said Starr.
In reaction to the same question of why he thought the objection was filed, Pete Starr added “I mean there’s mistakes in his petition. I can name them. There’s a number of them that we picked out, but we didn’t choose to go with this route of pettiness that he’s going…But ya know this is exactly why we don’t have a budget in Pennsylvania today. They have more time to spend on pettiness like this than getting the job done that they’re sent to Harrisburg for. That’s exactly why I’m running. If they can’t do their job, tell them to get out!”
In response to McGinnis’ claims of the 163 problematic signatures on his petition, Starr said, “That is being addressed right now…There may be a few in there that were [registered Democrats]. Whatever they’re claiming is false…I think he better get his facts straight.”
If the Commonwealth Court were to reject the objection that was filed against Starr, both Starr and McGinnis said that they don’t plan to change a thing in their campaigns. McGinnis said, “We have a primary election on April 26th. I want the Republican voters in the 79th district to vote for me…And I want to serve two more years to fight the entrenched interest in Harrisburg that are bringing harm to our state.”