Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Braxton Bumped Out of Controller Race

John Braxton, a progressive candidate for the Democratic nomination for City Controller, was removed from the ballot this morning by the PA Supreme Court.

Braxton's financial disclosure forms were challenged by his opponent, Allan Butkovitz, a month or so ago. Braxton was initially allowed to stay on the ballot after a panel of Common Pleas judges told him that he only had to fix the forms.

That decision was apparently reversed this AM by the state Supreme Court. While ethics laws are important, Braxton's removal is a real blow to democracy.

With Braxton gone, that leaves only one competitive race at the top of the ticket and only one progressive campaign to rally around, which is, of course, Seth Williams for DA.


At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's too bad because Alan Butkovitz is really hapless. He's my state rep and has never done a thing afaik in the legislature.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Charles said...

That is a shame, but that is a total Bush-league mistake. Either it was malicious or just plain old stupid. It is ironic that someone running to pretty much be the City’s auditor was not candid, for whatever reason, in his personal disclosures. I’m not saying this to diss him or anything. I was really pulling for him. I saw him speak twice, and he really impressed me.


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