Six staffers on Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign – including an intern who tailed Democratic candidate Bob Casey Jr. in a duck costume – collected voter signatures to help place the Green Party on the fall ballot.
The intern, petitions show, collected signatures from voters in five counties in one day.
T.J. Rooney, the state Democratic Party chairman, and other Democrats disclosed details of the petition drive that they said offered further evidence of involvement from Santorum supporters to get Carl Romanelli, the Green Party’s Senate candidate, on the ballot. Not only did Santorum aides help collect signatures for Romanelli, but Republicans and Santorum supporters put more than $60,000 into the petition drive.
It’s examples such as the apparent one-person, five-county petition tour – plus unregistered voters, multiple signatures by the same person, and fake names – that could form the basis of a challenge, Rooney said. John Michael Glick – the Santorum intern who has worn a duck costume to hound Casey for “ducking” issues – appeared to have collected signatures in Beaver, Washington, Fayette, Juniata, and Schuylkill Counties, Rooney said.
GOPers Gathered Signatures for PA Green Candidate
August 5, 2006 12:06 pm