Libertarians seek to recover $214K

Associated Press


The Libertarian Party is seeking to recoup nearly $214,000 in legal costs from its successful defense against a Republican Party-backed challenge to keep the Libertarian ticket off the Pennsylvania ballot.

Paul Rossi, the lead lawyer for the Libertarians, said in a motion filed Monday in Commonwealth Court that the challengers violated a court order by intentionally misleading his clients in an effort to pressure them into giving up.

But in October, after a review that lasted more than seven weeks, Senior Judge James Gardner Colins ruled that the Libertarian candidates for president, U.S. Senate and the three statewide “row offices” had enough valid signatures to stay on the ballot.

Mike Barley, director of the state Republican Party, said the challengers acted in good faith throughout the process.

“Their [the Libertarians’]claims are baseless,” he said.

Of the Libertarians seeking statewide offices, the top vote-getter in the Nov. 6 election was Betsy Summers, a Wilkes-Barre businesswoman running for state auditor general. She received 210,876 votes, about 4 percent of the total.

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