Hafer continues to hit process; Rooney calls her actions ‘repugnant’
Democrat Barbara Hafer is continuing her criticism of the selection process that gave a special election nomination to her opponent Mark Critz—and the state party chairman says it’s time to move on.
“This is another flawed process,” Hafer told pa2010.com Monday night after the state party’s executive committee voted to nominate Critz.
Specifically, Hafer took issue with the fact that she was only asked for her biographical information, to be circulated to voting members, on Monday morning. She also lamented there was no way to monitor the vote—something that would have required aides from the campaign to essentially sit in a state party office all day as votes came in by phone and e-mail. Part of what all parties agreed was a crazy day was fueled by the fact that many insiders were scrambling to file nominating petitions to get their candidates on the primary ballot.
“I’d like to see the votes, I’d like to see the ballots, I’d like to see how they recorded it,” Hafer said. “I’d like to see who voted for whom.”
In an interview Tuesday morning, state party chairman T.J. Rooney struck back hard, after keeping quiet in the face of her previous criticisms. Many party insiders have said it was her very attacks that kept her from winning the nomination.
“Barbara’s free to disparage whatever she chooses to, and on any given day she’s disparaging something different,” Rooney said. “One day it’s Mark Critz, another day it’s the process, another day it’s John Murtha. I think there are people in the 12th District wondering if Barbara will ever get around to talking about what she believes in.
“Whenever she doesn’t like the results, she blames the process,” he added.
Rooney was particularly incensed by the implication that executive committee members didn’t have the information needed to make an informed decision, noting that it had been known for weeks that a vacancy would be up for a vote.
“I find it repugnant and patently offensive that Ms. Hafer would attack the ability of the members of the executive committee to read and write,” he said. “It’s time she get over it, because it’s been decided, it’s done, and it’s time to move on. I would encourage all Democrats to get behind this candidate, because the Republican Party is going to make this special election a national election.”
By all indications, Hafer doesn’t look like she’ll be toeing that party line. She signaled again Monday evening that she’ll go up against Critz in the primary contest to be held the same day as the special election.
“I think he’s a flawed candidate, it’s a flawed process, and I will meet him on May 18,” she said. “He’s the insider I’m the outsider. It’s a classic Hafer confrontation.”
March 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm