April 1, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April, 2006 CONTACT: Liz Mednick, 215 546 8860 or LizM@chuck2006.com
This is the third open primary that Pennacchio and his supporters have achieved among six county Democratic Party conventions they've attended. Not all counties endorse, and only a few hold such conventions. Among these, the counties that have opted for an open primary are Lancaster, Bucks, and now Westmoreland.
In a speech to the crowd of close to 200, Pennacchio argued that the May 16th Democratic Primary is too important to leave to party leadership, and that Democratic voters should decide who takes on Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in November.
Pennacchio told the crowd: "I'm the candidate who shows up. This is my 282 campaign event. I've met many of you this morning for the first time. I've met many of you at previous campaign stops. Those who know me know that I'm committed to restoring our Democratic Party not only to its core values, but its winning ways."
At last report, county commissioners, who had pushed hard for a Casey endorsement, were trying to get the vote reversed.
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