Luzerne County GOP is doing some wishful thinking via snail mail:
The Hon. Edward G. Rendell
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA 17120
Sept. 2, 2009
Dear Gov. Rendell:
The Republican Party of Luzerne County respectfully asks that you call a special election as soon as possible to fill a recently created vacancy in the Luzerne County Sheriff’s office.
Former Sheriff Michael Savokinas resigned on Sept. 1, 2009, 20 months into a four-year term.
As you may know, the good citizens of Luzerne County are faced with constant unrest and instability in county government with the ongoing investigations into corruption at all levels, from the county judiciary to school districts and government authorities.
We ask that you act swiftly in scheduling a special election to fill this vacancy. With the current political climate and the growing mistrust and disappointment in county government, it is crucial that the position of Luzerne County Sheriff be filled by a duly elected individual. Luzerne County residents deserve to be the ones who determine who will fill that crucial position.
Ideally, we ask that you call a special election so that the position may be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election.
Terry Casey, Chairman
Allow me to get this straight.
The Governor of Pennsylvania, a loyal party hack, is going to give the Luzerne County GOP a 50/50 shot at winning this seat?
Yeah, and pigs can fly C-130s!
Sept. 2, 2009
WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman Terry Casey is calling on Gov. Ed Rendell to hold a special election as soon as possible to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sheriff Michael Savokinas.
Savokinas abruptly resigned his position on Tuesday with 28 months remaining in his four-year term for the county row office.
Casey pointed to the ongoing "unrest and instability" in county government as a reason for the governor to act swiftly.
"With the current political climate and the growing mistrust and disappointment in county government, it is crucial that the position of Luzerne County Sheriff be filled by a duly elected individual," Casey said. "Luzerne County residents deserve to be the ones who determine who will fill that crucial position."
Casey said he hopes the governor renders a decision soon and would like to see the position placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election.
"It doesn’t seem right that a resigning official should be the one to determine who runs the sheriff’s office," Casey said. "I also do not think the governor should name an interim sheriff to fill the rest of the term. As long as this position is an elected one, it is only right that the people have a say in who fills it."
Contact: Renita Fennick
So, which loyal LUzerne County Democrat receives the Gov's nod?