Kistler to Withdraw

KistlerThat was fast.

The latest judicial withdrawal happened before the Judge could even get on the State Supreme Court.

Last week it was revealed that Judge Thomas Kistler, the Republican nominee of Governor Tom Wolf to fill one of the two PA Supreme Court vacancies, distributed a racially insensitive email.

According to John Micek of the Patriot-News, Kistler is now removing his name from consideration.

Earlier this month, Gov. Wolf named Kistler and Ken Gormley to fill the seats of retiring Chief Justice Ron Castille and recently resigned Justice Seamus McCaffery. The term will last until the election in November.

Update: Governor Wolf has accepted Kistler’s withdrawal and released the following statement:

“Today, Judge Thomas Kistler voluntarily withdrew his nomination to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and I accepted. I will make no further nominations, and Senate Leadership has said they will not hold hearings for either of the existing vacancies on the Supreme Court.”

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “Kistler to Withdraw”

  1. Bono says:

    Jake Corman made a very poor recommendation to gov. Wolf!

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  3. Burgermeister Meisterberger says:

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  4. David Diano says:


    At first I thought you were a supporter of Alan’s. Now I realize that you don’t like him and are engaged in satire by nominating him for more and more things he’s not qualified for. You’d probably suggest him for Hillary’s running mate, if he wasn’t under the legal age for the office.

  5. Burgermeister Meisterberger says:

    This would be a perfect spot for Alan Kennedy-Shaffer!

  6. Chris says:

    So am I understanding this correctly, they won’t be filling either vacancy? “Senate Leadership has said they will not hold hearings for either of the existing vacancies on the Supreme Court”

  7. KSDF says:

    Still waiting on that Gormley article, Nick.

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