Sunday, May 8, 2011

PA State Judge Endorsements for Republican Primary

Criteria: Profession of pro-life and pro-liberty stances in addition to judicial experience.
Judge of the Superior Court
Paula A. Patrick
Judge of the Commonwealth Court
Paul P. Panepinto

Panepinto supporters have courted Campaign for Liberty voters.
Panepinto lists as an inspiration orginalist judge Antonin Scalia on his Facebook page.
Patrick lists Peg Luksik's endorsement on her website.

Some constitutionalists don't like the fact that Paula Patrick lists as her greatest accomplishment: "Taking nearly 1,100 illegal guns off of the streets of Philadelphia in 2010" because they believe Section 21 of the PA state constitution that reads "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned" means that no guns should be called "illegal" under the PA constitution. Nevertheless, Patrick seems to be a decent candidate overall.

Patrick is way better than her opponent, Victor Stabile, who is a big donor to Arlen Specter, and gave money to Specter when he was running against Pat Toomey in 2004 during the Republican Senatorial Primary. Stabile also gave money to Specter right before Specter switched parties to Democrat in 2009, when Deomcrats were actively asking Specter to switch parties. Moreover, Stabile played a role in trying to use "legal" technicalities to get Libertarian Party candidates thrown off the ballot. Finally, unlike Paula Patrick Stabile is not presently a judge and therefore has no experience as such.

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