Hafer had petition problems
Turns out Barbara Hafer may not have been able to make it on the ballot, even if she didn’t drop out of the 12th District race.
Capitolwire reports that when Hafer filed her nominating petitions Tuesday, she did so with only 1,013 signatures, barely more than the minimum 1,000. Facing a bitter race against endorsed Democrat Mark Critz, such a small number of signatures would have surely invited a ballot challenge. The revelation marks a less-than-glorious end for a candidate who had made the argument that she was the more experienced campaigner.
Hafer acknowledged the petitions were a factor in her decision. She had originally planned to file with 1,158 signatures, she told the subscription news service, “but we ran into glitches.”
“We did file enough signatures, but we ran into some problems, and that could be a problem, if there was a challenge,” she said. “It was really a three-week compressed time period for this race, and in such a short campaign, we made some mistakes on the petitions, and it was nobody’s fault but mine.
In her interview with Capitolwire, Hafer passed on a chance to endorse Critz.
“I am not ready to do that today,” she said. “Mark and I haven’t talked, today is just the day I am withdrawing as a candidate.”
March 10, 2010 at 11:56 am