State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

The State House Sound Bites Podcast is now called State of the State and is a part of PA Post, a digital-first, citizen-focused news organization to hold Pennsylvania’s government accountable to its citizens.

Bob Guzzardi may be emboldened after ballot ruling

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Apr 22, 2014 6:16 PM
Thumbnail image for guzzardi0403.JPG

Photo by Mary Wilson / witf

The self-professed "nuisance" candidate challenging incumbent Governor Tom Corbett is reassessing his campaign's viability after a state judge's ruling to keep him on the ballot.

Bob Guzzardi, a Montgomery County businessman and lawyer, appeared on the gubernatorial scene with bluster and bravado, but dim prospects. He is doing no fundraising when Corbett's campaign last reported having $7.5 million on hand.

But a recent court victory is leading Guzzardi to wax optimistic about what he calls the "Republican disaffected base" coming to his aid in the May primary and beyond.

"The defeat of Tom Corbett, an incumbent, in a primary by somebody who is spending minuscule amounts of money will be national news. Who knows what happens then?" Guzzardi said.

Guzzardi, who calls himself a "Rush Limbaugh Republican," said he can imagine getting national attention if he wins the GOP primary.

"Suppose Rush Limbaugh comes in and says, 'You know, there's this guy in Pennsylvania that's defeated the entire Republican leadership, including the incumbent governor,'" Guzzardi said. "Well, that's all he has to say -- I get the Republican Rush Limbaugh vote fired up. You know you never know what happens in November."

A Commonwealth Court judge ruled last week Guzzardi should remain on the ballot. Voters backed by the GOP said he failed to file the right paperwork and submitted nomination petitions with errors.

The challenge is being appealed to the state Supreme Court, and will be decided based on legal briefs submitted Monday.

Published in State House Sound Bites

Tagged under

back to top