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GOP Endorses Carluccio For High Court

Carolyn Carluccio, Maria Battistia, Megan Morgan, Harry Smail

The Pennsylvania Republican Party voted to endorse Carolyn Carluccio to be the party’s nominee for an open state Supreme Court seat this fall.

The party committee members selected Carluccio, a Montgomery County judge, over two other candidates – Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick and Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough of Allegheny County – at their annual winter get-together in Hershey.

Carluccio tweeted that (she is) “humbled, honored, and cannot wait to get to work with the state party and the rest of the endorsed ticket. The work has just begun!”

Last weekend, the state Democratic Party voted to endorse Daniel McCaffery, a Philadelphian who serves on the state Superior Court, as its nominee to the state Supreme Court.

The winner will serve a 10-year term on the state’s highest court. Democrats currently hold a 4-2 majority on the bench. The open seat on the seven-member court is due to the passing of chief justice Max Baer in the fall.

The Pennsylvania primary is slated for Tuesday, January 16. Nomination petitions can be circulated for signatures beginning on February 14 with a deadline of March 7.

The state GOP also endorsed Maria Battista and Harry Smail for Superior Court, as well as Megan Martin for Commonwealth Court.

6 Responses

  1. The PA GOP tried to pick a Stealth candidate with no controversial opinions on the record. But she comes from a LONG line of Pro-lifers. Her maiden name is Tornetta – from the Real estate empire Tornetta Realty, who have been Republican kingmakers in Montco for Decades. I winder wht she hides her Tornetta roots? Her daddy used to Chair the county planning commission, getting ALL his pet projects approved, when the Rs ran the Montco Courthouse. She has a LOT of real estate money behind her! And no morals.

  2. What was the vote tally for each of the endorsement votes? Did the candidates for Superior and Commonwealth Courts have opposition or not? Was it close or lopsided?

    1. Supreme Court (1)
      ✅ Carolyn Carluccio 257
      Paula Patrick 85
      Patty McCullough 19

      Superior Court (2)
      ✅ Harry Smail 284
      ✅ Maria Battista 268
      Michael Dimino 138

      Commonwealth Court (1)
      ✅ Megan Martin 293
      Josh Prince 98

  3. Jumping from common pleas court to the state supreme court is a hell of a leap. Probably won’t get a great rating from the PBA either because of that. She’ll struggle against McCaffrey.


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