Paul Pannepinto, a judge, was the non-establishment Republican candidate for Commonwealth judge, PA's state appellate court judge seat. Pannepinto claimed that his experience as a judge was preferable to the on-the-job training that his non-judge opponent, Anne Covey, may well need to go through if she is elected in the fall, having already beaten Pannepinto in the primary. However, she did work as a clerk for an appellate court judge, but it seems Pannepinto had the edge in terms of overall judicial experience since all the cases an appellate court judge would see, would come from the local level of which Pannepinto has intimate knowledge.
Toomey's endorsement of Victor Stabile, a notorious donor to Arlen Specter, is confusing. Stabile even gave money to Specter as he ran against Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary.
Moreover, it is bizzarre that Toomey would be so quick to serve as a sticker for state committee-endorsed candidates, since he lost to Arlen Specter in 2004 in part because the state committee endorsed Specter over him that year. We must concede that Toomey did receive the state committee's endorsement over Peg Luksik in 2010.
We have no knowledge of any connections Toomey might have to the two. We became aware of a flyer sent out on the eve of the 2011 primary depicting Tom Corbett, Jim Cawley, and Toomey himself posing as idols so that the sheep voters would psychologically associate them with the endorsed judges. It seems that the PA GOP brand is much stronger than the individuals that run under it.
Given Toomey's yea vote on Patriot act extension and his willingness to stump for the state committee and a big Specter supporter proves that when it comes to playing ball with the establishment, Toomey is a real team player. Maybe he's doing what he needs to to stay in office :-(
Anyway, here is a reprint of Toomey's message.
Today, May 17th, is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. I hope that you’ll join me in supporting our terrific Republican Judicial Team: Vic Stabile for Pennsylvania Superior Court and Anne Covey for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
We made tremendous strides in the 2010 Elections, but we cannot stop now. Pennsylvania deserves judges with knowledge and vision who will not legislate from the bench.
That is why I am asking that you vote for Vic Stabile for Pennsylvania Superior Court and Anne Covey for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court when you cast your ballots today.
Thanks very much for your continued support,
Senator Pat Toomey