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Hafer continues to hit process; Rooney calls her actions ‘repugnant’

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 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

--Dan Hirschhorn

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    Mar 9th, 2010

    Rooney is a an embarrassment. Hafer is going to blow em up!

    Hey hey taxman, the days a coming! Its not repugnant to question rooneys IQ. I am a democrat and im voting against the taxman and encourage everyone to.

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    Mar 9th, 2010

    and b/t…

    I find TJ Rooneys lack of ethics… or appreication for them “morally repugnant” No one in the west has any respect for him.

  4. David Diano

    Mar 9th, 2010

    Since it appears the vote was rigged by backdoor deals, I’m offended by the implication that the executive committee members bothered to make an informed decision.

    If executive committee members actually started informing themselves, both political parties in PA would self-destruct.

  5. mdog

    Mar 9th, 2010

    Folks: Hafer is not of our district, the PA 12th. She ran poorly here against the late Bob Casey. A distinguished public servant like her should not behave in this manner. Critz is the best candidate to fight for our area. He understands the needs here and the grassroots politics. Who is advising her?


    Mar 9th, 2010

    Critz the crook :)

    White township #1 moron is in the 12th. Shows how much you know mdog.

    Clean up the corruption!

  7. Lower Merion Democrat

    Mar 9th, 2010

    ROONEY NEEDS TO RESIGN its an outrage how this Vote was taken and when it was taken It should have been done in one room with gthe candidates allowed to address the Committee This is yet one more reason why we Democrats will be destroyed and crushed in the 2010 elections Nationwide Put The Fork in us we are done

  8. Marylou

    Mar 9th, 2010

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! What a big fat baby!! She needs to quit. She cant win at her own game (because remember she is “vetted” she KNOWS how this works…) and now she is bawling. Suck it up and quit.

    She is only trying to win to SWITCH THE SEAT BACK TO REPUBLICAN!!! How stupid does she think the people in the 12th are…it is so obvious she has no interest in the Democratic party.

    TIME TO GET HER O-U-T!! The only thing she is doing now is wasting Democratic money fighting democrats….how stupid is that!!!

    what a terrible party member she is….I will be glad when she switches back. They can have her.


    Mar 9th, 2010

    Mary Lou… tax season is coming up soon :)

  10. Lower Merion Democrat

    Mar 9th, 2010

    You Rock Barbara you are a street fighter and thats exactly what I want in Washington DC cause they dont play nice nice down there They play hard ball We dont need a Buinch of wusses in DC we need Tuff people like Barbara

  11. Lee Levan

    Mar 9th, 2010

    I think that Rooney is the embarrassment. He’s been around far too long. He has long ago lost sight of principles, issues and ideals. It’s all about preserving his power and little or nothing to do with good government.

    I don’t have a dog in this fight; but Rooney’s reaction makes me want to see Hafer win, if for no other reason than to see Rooney slip a notch. Perhaps Rooney will go when Rendell goes.


    Mar 10th, 2010

    Rooney taking offense to transparency inquiries and the turning it into a personal attack is unacceptable and detracts from the issue at hand.

  13. IntelligentVoter

    Mar 10th, 2010

    In this next election, Party endorsements are not going to be an asset. The general voter is tired of these games. Maybe Hafer is not handling it in the best way. But NOT getting endorsed may be the best thing that happened for her chances of winning.

    However, who really cares? As someone pointed out before the 12th district is probably going to disappear in redistricting.

  14. Judy C.

    Mar 10th, 2010

    It’s time for Rooney to go!! I find him and Rendell morally repugnant. It’s high time for this corruption in Dem politics to stop! Rank and file Dems are tired of this process that’s been going on for years here in PA. Dems across the state on the local level are going to put a stop to it soon. Many county Dem groups are tired of all the crap and tired of their county chairs going along with this crap. We’re trying to change it in Dauphin County and we will.

  15. Lana

    Mar 10th, 2010

    As a former member of State Committee I am shocked at this so called vote. Was it really a vote? The right way to do it was to call an emergency meeting of the members to Harrisburg, allow the candidates to speak and those in attendance to vote. Vote done the Democratic way. Do Executive members in the east really know anything about the 12th nor were they given a chance to know all the candidates.

    The Members are just like you and me, most if not all work. Who was home for the vote? Sounds very shady to me

    I spoke to several Executive Committee members and since they were not from the 12th they didn’t seem to care that much as well as the 12th may no longer be there in the near future.
    Barbara you were screwed but you have a better chance of winning the primary rather than the crook. What have they done to my party. No wonder so many are leaving !

    Go Barbara. you have the best chance of being elected

    Roney, maybe your time to step aside is well over due. The people have the right to know who voted and how they voted, at lest that is the Democratic way !

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