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12th District notes: Joyce Murtha out, Critz and Cernic in (Updated)

A few more 12th District pieces came into focus Monday.

The Fix reports that Joyce Murtha, the late Congressman John Murtha’s widow, won’t be running for the seat he held for decades. This clears the way for anyone who was waiting on her decision. Barbara Hafer, the former state treasurer and auditor general, had said she wouldn’t run if Murtha did.

Meanwhile, CQ Politics reports that Murtha’s district director Mark Critz will soon enter the race, adding a candidate intimately familiar with the district into the mix. Former Cambria County Controller Albert Penska also might run.

And The Tribune-Democrat reports that Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr., who had been considering a run, is good to go, having announced his candidacy Monday morning.

With only a couple Republicans definitely running, the Democratic side of the ballot is shaping up to be to be a much more crowded affair—at least five Democrats have said they’re in the race.

UPDATE: In a statement Monday afternoon, Murtha’s congressional campaign says that Joyce Murtha will not be running because “she feels that it is too soon after his death to be on the campaign trail.”

February 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm Staff

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  1. Karl Jacobson

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    The more the merrier, competition is good for democracy!

  2. anon liberal

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    no. no it’s not.
    normally i would agree.
    but this is ridiculous.

    our elected political officials could stand up and endorse who they feel would be the best candidate, and then the selection committee could more easily choose who to run for the special election seat in may. and that candidate, could work on building support for the brawl against the republican selection, rather than deal with personal attacks, slander, cronism, and political dealings from within their own party.

    the longer this chaos goes on,
    the more you have, idiots like ed cernic jr.,
    who embarrassingly stuttered while comparing himself to apolo ohno, jump in to the fray.

    in my opinion, it will be a disaster if there are 10 or so candidates for the primary election, and only two (chosen republican vs. the chosen democrat) for the special election seat.

  3. Brett

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    Anon, There is NOTHING ridiculous about democracy and people’s right to have a wide variety of candidates to choose from and candidates all have a right to run. Your thinking is what has created political hacks and intrangience in the past. Who cares about how many Republican candidates, the Democrat will come out stronger from the fight of competition.

  4. purifypolitics

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    or battered, and broke, and easy prey.

  5. Brett

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    Nope Stronger, that is what competition does to strong individuals, if weak then battered, It is like this from Karate Kid, Danielson, go right ok, go left ok, middle of road, squish like grape
    this is referring to fighting to win by the way, not political ideology. So purify, grow a set.

  6. Lee Levan

    Feb 22nd, 2010

    Let democracy flourish. If the founding fathers could hear this debate, they would be incredulous at how their ideals of democracy have been perverted into a support of candiates being spoon fed to us by political machines in the name of efficiency.

    They trusted the voters. Sure, voters get it wrong sometimes (most often when there is a low turnout on election day); but, over the long haul, I agree with the founding fathers who believed that people are capable of governing themselves through a representative government without being limited in their choices.

  7. Brett

    Feb 23rd, 2010


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  9. purifypolitics

    Feb 23rd, 2010

    then what do you make of the special election candidates being chosen by elected officials?
    why aren’t you up in arms about that?

    ideally voters should have a say in that, right?

    some of the founding fathers surely had this scenario in mind when they gave states, and elected representatives the power to choose their own officials for special elections, and surely they must have foreseen the political chaos that would ensue.

    don’t feed me your idealistic, ‘this will make the candidates stronger’ bs. it is a little different in this case. under normal primary conditions, i would most definitely agree.

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