Dispatches from the GOP Winter Meeting
The commonwealth’s Republicans gathered today to endorse candidates for this year’s critical judicial elections.
Before the balloting began, Congressmen Tom Marino and G.T. Thompson spoke to the committee.
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, however, was the star attraction, pledging to increase the GOP membership in the State Senate.
“We’re not satisfied with 30 seats, we believe we can get to 34 seats, a veto-proof majority,” Sen. Corman asserted.
After a roll call vote on whether to endorse any candidates at all, the committee voted 238 to 90 to chose their favorites.
The party nominated candidates for the three State Supreme Court seats, one Superior Court seat and one Commonwealth Court seat.
Among the candidates for State Supreme Court were: Anne Covey (Bucks); Mike George (Adams); Rebecca Warren (Montour); Cheryl Allen (Allegheny) and Judy Olson (Allegheny).
Justice Correale Stevens (Luzerne), who is seeking re-election, decided not to ask for the party’s endorsement.
The three candidates to receive the party’s endorsements were George, Olson and Covey.
The full roll call vote was as follows: George 291; Olson 274; Covey 258; Allen 71; Warren 39.
The candidates for Superior Court were: Emil Giordano (Northampton) and Paul Panepinto (Philadelphia).
Judge Giordano prevailed in that contest by a standing vote of 242 to 86.
There was only one candidate for the Commonwealth Court, Paul Lalley of Allegheny County. Lalley won the endorsement by voice vote.