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Luzerne Commissioner Switches to Dem; GOP Swings Back

Accusing local Republican party members of undermining his 2010 campaign for State Senate, Luzerne County Commissioner Steve Urban announced today that he is switching to the Democratic Party. It didn’t take the PA Republican Party to swing back.

The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports:

“Urban said he had been thinking about changing his registration for a long time but made up his mind when he encountered “double dealing” in his political party during his recent campaign for state Senator against Democrat John Yudichak. Yudichak won.”

There doesn’t seem to be any unity within the Republican party at the local level,” Urban said.

The Pennsylvania Republican party responded almost immediately, charging that Urban betrayed his constituents and attempting to link him to the corrupt reputation of the Luzerne County courthouse.

“I find it shocking that Commissioner Urban has decided to join the Democratic Party, especially considering all the corruption that has resulted from the Democratic leadership in the Luzerne County Courthouse during his tenure there,” said PA GOP Communications Director Mike Barley in a statement.

“Perhaps Commissioner Urban’s silence over the past few years, especially during the kids for cash scandal, is a sign he was complicit with the events taking place there.”

Barley dismissed the notion that the Republican Party was at fault for Urban’s 2010 loss.

I only offer this final thought to Commissioner Urban – maybe the problem with the Steve Urban for Senate campaign was Steve Urban.

Urban has not stated his future political plans. The Luzerne County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to disband in 2012 in favor of an 11-member county council and appointed county manager.

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