Cernic drops out of Dem primary in the 12th
Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr. has decided not to run in the Democratic primary to succeed John Murtha in the 12th Congressional District. His withdrawal from the race leaves Navy veteran Ryan Bucchianeri and attorney Ron Mackell Jr. as the only Democrats still running against former Murtha aide Mark Critz, the party’s nominee for a special election to finish out Murtha’s term and the overwhelming favorite to win the primary being held the same day.
Cernic made his announcement during a meeting of Armstrong County Democrats Saturday morning. In a subsequent interview with pa2010.com, he said boosting his name recognition in the district would have been a challenge. He will be withdrawing his nominating petitions to get on the ballot, he said, and has asked all his supporters to back Critz.
“I had to make a decision for the betterment of the Democratic Party, because I am a life-long Democrat,” Cernic said. “It’s not about me, it’s about what we believe in.
“It’s the right thing to do at this time,” he added.
For a brief moment earlier this month, it looked possible that Cernic might win the party’s nomination for the special election—if only because of electability concerns about Critz and perceptions of bridges burned by Democrat Barbara Hafer. But shortly after Critz won the nomination, Hafer dropped out.
March 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm