Dems pile on Civera
Their foul? Piling on.
A series of Democrats yesterday came forward and urged state Rep. Mario Civera to resign his House seat.
Civera, as we have reported at length, has had a change of heart when it comes to holding two elected positions. Despite saying during the campaign for County Council that he had no intention of holding both the county post as well as the state House seat he has held for 30 years, he’s now had a change of tune.
And if you’re a Republican, it’s hard to blame him.
Then again, if you’re a Democrat, fire away.
Here’s the deal. Civera clearly now is reluctant to step away from his 164th District seat because the special election to fill the post is almost certainly going to fall on primary day, May 18. Democrats are rejoicing because they know they are sure to have a huge turnout that day as they decide between U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and Sen. Arlen Specter in the U.S. Senate race.
Republicans, on the other hand, already facing a changing demographic in the 164th where Democrats now outnumber Republicans, want a more level playing field. That would include holding the election on a day other than primary day, despite the additional cost.
Yesterday, Democrats were coming out of the woodwork to call for Civera to step down.
Both Specter and Sestak got in the game. State Rep. Bryan Lentz, who is running for the 7th District Congress seat Sestak is giving up, already has legislation ready that would ban holding two positions.
For now, Civera is holding his ground. Today, he will sit down with our columnist Gil Spencer to tell his side of the story. I can’t wait to hear it.
We’ll give it to you on Sunday.