Friday, November 14, 2008

Somebody 'splain this to me

Rick Santorum (former Republican U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania) most likely voted for John McCain this past election. The guy lost. We all know this, and there's nothing that anyone can do about that.

And yet, Mr. and Mrs. Santorum's absentee ballots are being challenged on the grounds that they're not actually residents of Penn Hills.

Round two of Vecchio versus Santorum takes place today at the Allegheny County elections offices, with the former senator's Nov. 5 absentee ballot under challenge by a Penn Hills couple determined to prove that he doesn't live there.

In one corner are Rick and Karen Santorum, who list a legal address in Penn Hills but have resided in northern Virginia. The former U.S. senator declines to say precisely where in hopes of warding off his enemies.

In the other corner is Ed Vecchio who, with his wife, Penn Hills Democratic Chairwoman Erin Vecchio, tried two years ago to prevent the Santorums from voting in Penn Hills, saying they don't really reside there and that the home they own in that municipality was rented to another family.

This time the Santorums voted absentee. Ed Vecchio said he paid $10 apiece to challenge each ballot.

As ever, each side has only the warmest of feelings.

"Let him prove it otherwise. The guy's a weasel," said Mr. Vecchio.


And I ask you: so what? What purpose does it serve to remove two votes from an election that can't be re-decided anyway? And is Mr. Vecchio tracking down any other ballots from folks he finds to be undesirable? I'd be willing to bet that I'm right on the answer to that last question.

I think it's pretty plain who the weasel is here. Hope you get your twenty bucks' worth, Ed.

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