Bob Guzzardi had been on the ballot in the Republican gubernatorial primary until May 1 when the state Supreme Court overturned a Commonwealth Court ruling and agreed with a challenge made by the Tom Corbett team, ruling Mr. Guzzardi ineligible (“Pennsylvania Court Takes Challenger Off GOP Ballot,” May 2). The court deemed that he had filed papers with the wrong bureaucracy and his correction of the error did not count.
Would the same decision have come down if the technical error had been made by a party-endorsed candidate? I’ll let you use your imagination.
Well, Bob Guzzardi is now a write-in candidate.
The state Republicans spent an estimated $60,000 to knock Mr. Guzzardi off the ballot. What are they afraid of? He is refusing all donations. His campaign has cost about $5,000 so far.
Why do they find him a threat? Well, he is going to do what you want and not what the people making the big donations want. He is going to repeal the Corbett gas tax that will soon give Pennsylvania the nation’s most expensive gasoline. He is going to cover the looming pension bomb by selling our state stores. He is going to stop Common Core education standards. Seniors living on a fixed income facing poverty by ever-rising property taxes are who he is going to represent. The parents who face sending a child to a horrific school will come first and not the teachers union.
Do something about it. Write in Bob Guzzardi on May 20.
There are reports that Mr. Guzzardi’s name will be appearing on Allegheny and Lawrence counties’ ballots as the Supreme Court decision came too late for election officials to remove them. Votes he receives on those machines will be counted for him as write-in votes, as they will also be on absentee ballots containing his name.
Springfield, Delaware County
The writer is publicity coordinator for the Bob Guzzardi campaign.