The LuLac Edition #139, Jan. 25, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: CYNTHIA ORE, AKA EMILY TIFFANY CARTER, CARL ROMANELLI AND PETER GAGLLIARDI.
ROMANELLI NAILED UNJUSTLY
Wilkes-Barre resident Carl Romanelli has been ordered to pay more than $80,000 in
legal fees stemming from his failed effort to make the ballot in last year's U.S. Senate race.
A Commonwealth Court panel issued the ruling Thursday, siding with a group of Democrats who challenged Romanelli's nomination petitions and sought to make him pay their court costs.The Green Party candidate submitted nearly 95,000 signatures to land a ballot spot, but he was removed from the ballot after more than a third of the names were stricken as invalid, leaving him nearly 9,000 short of the required 67,070 signatures required by law.The $80,408 legal tab includes $48,285 in fees for the lawyers who represented the Democrats, $25,481 in court-ordered costs, $5,141 in copying and stenography fees and $1,500 for handwriting experts.The court order gives Romanelli and his attorney, Lawrence Otter, 30 days to pay.
As a supporter of Robert Casey, I felt Romanelli had no place on the ballot. I have always felt that the Green Party was nothing more than a nuisance and that Romanelli could better serve the community by becoming a member of a nationally recognized party. I do not believe however that Romanelli should be held responsible for these debts. It is wrong, it is a clear abuse of judicial authority and that should be investigated.
LATINSKI BOWS OUT
Incumbent councilman Phil Latinski has decided not to run for another term. The 16 year veteran, at the age of 67 made the announcement to the surprise of many political observers. A former school district official, Latinski has been a mainstay on council for years.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 10
Did you know that with the re-districting plan in place for city council elections, it will only take ten signatures for a candidate to get on the ballot? Look for a very crowded election line.
THE BEST ELECTION EVER!
Former GOP city council candidate Peter Gaglliardi recently wrote a letter to the Citizen's Voice about the upcoming city wide elections. Here's his thoughts:
The next election for city council will be the first district based election in the history of the city. I am writing to ask your assistance in making this the best election in the history of the city of Wilkes Barre. We can make it a great election by encouraging everyone to register and vote and to express their views on the issues publicly, on radio talk shows and in the newspapers.
I am appealing to our young people in the workforce and in the schools. Register and vote and demonstrate to the world that you are ready for the responsibility of leadership. I would like everyone between the ages of 18 and 22 to actually vote and I would like Wilkes Barre to be the first in the nation in this category.
We should also encourage as many candidates as possible to run for office. Every candidate brings a great deal to the table and enriches our discussion of the issues. Some will give us solutions to our problems that we can use long after the election is over. To help these candidates get their message out, I would encourage as many organizations and as many businesses to host a meet the candidates night. The press should also cover these events. The bottom line is let’s make this a great election and demonstrate to the world that we are the great city we say we are and not just a dot on the map.
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
CYNTHIA/EMILY/WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS
So it seems ex Congressman Don Sherwood has stopped payments on Cynthia Ore's settlement regarding the charges involving Mr. Sherwood and Ms. Ore. Sherwood's people have told Ore's people that because the confidentiality agreement was breached (a settlement number came out shortly before the election) the agreement is null and void. Ore has changed her name to Emily Tiffany Carter. No word if that was a name picked out of a hat or her porn star name.