Singel poised to join race for Murtha seat
A former lieutenant governor appears poised to jump into the race for U.S. Rep. John Murtha's seat with an announcement scheduled for this morning, two days after a fellow Democratic state senator withdrew his bid.
Mark Singel would join former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and former Naval officer Ryan Bucchianeri -- all Democrats -- in the race for the seat Murtha held from 1974 until his death Feb. 8. State Sen. John Wozniak, of Johnstown, announced Wednesday he would not enter the race. Republican William Russell, who lost to Murtha in 2008, said yesterday he will run to fill the unexpired term.
Singel and Hafer have said they will step aside if Murtha's widow, Joyce, decides to enter the race. Murtha's spokesman declined to comment.
Gov. Ed Rendell designated May 18, the same day as the primary, as the day for the special election to fill Murtha's unexpired term.
Singel spoke to a knot of reporters outside Westmont Presbyterian Church after Murtha's funeral service, saying while it was too soon to talk about politics, he believed the district's "best day are ahead of it."
Wozniak said he did not want to sacrifice his 14 years of seniority in the Senate at the same time his district was losing Murtha's. The district also could be carved up if Pennsylvania loses a Congressional seat after the 2010 Census, as is expected.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Innovation enhances Philadelphia’s history as Democrats convene, Pope Francis visits
- Supreme Court ruling on threats may affect Connecticut case
- Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years
- Pa. could ease restrictions on fireworks, reaping big bang in taxes
- Jailed Philadelphia priest could get papal visit
- 2 from Western Pennsylvania charged with insurance fraud
- Pa. spared earthquakes from deep-shale drilling
- Presque Isle Downs cancels thoroughbred races because of running deer
- ‘We are’ chant now a permanent fixture on Penn State campus
- New trial sought in 1977 Washington County murder case
- FBI questions Allentown mayor, seizes contract documents