Parrish’s campaign lawyer Kevin Greenberg said Li’s petitions are “rife with errors,” with signatures from unregistered voters, voters registered in other districts and even registered Republicans and Independents.
Greenberg said 26-year-old Li only came up with 357 valid signatures after looking through her petitions – well under the “straightforward” 1,000-signature requirement to appear on the primary ballot.
“The objectors believe fairness matters, and the fact that they can successfully challenge 85% of the Li campaign signatures is indicative of that campaign’s inability to properly understand and follow the basic procedures set in place by our Commonwealth,” Greenberg said in a statement.
Li’s campaign hit back with a statement of their own, calling Parrish’s challenge “a desperate attempt to prevent a primary election match-up” and pointing out Parrish’s meager campaign cash balance.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that Mr. Parrish doesn’t want this campaign to be focused on the issues facing Americans everyday,” Li said in the statement. “PA-6 residents are struggling to pay off their student loan debt, concerned about national security, and disappointed with our elected officials in Washington. If the only thing that Parrish is focused on is kicking me off the ballot, then I seriously doubt his commitment to the citizens of the 6th District. Instead of engaging in a battle of ideas, he’s retreating to lawsuits.”
The 6th Congressional District includes parts of Montgomery, Chester, Berks, and Lehigh Counties.