The Pennsylvania GOP’s plan to rig the 2012 Presidential election has hit a stumbling block as some PA Republicans are refusing to walk the dubious party line. Rejecting the movement started by All Votes Matter — a.k.a. long-time Harrisburg Right-Wing players Charlie Gerow and William Sloane — many of the state’s GOP members are refusing to support a plan to award the state’s Electoral Votes by Congressional districts instead of winner-take-all popular vote.
The electoral college deform, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, gained support throughout the Keystone State with the help of the All Votes Matter lobby. The initiative made its way to Governor Corbett where it was met with praise. Things are changing, however, now that a handful of Republicans are rejecting it, with more likely to follow their lead.
Keep PA Relevant currently has a running whip count of who is voting which way on the bill, allowing PA residents to see what their local representatives have to say on the matter. According to Keystone Politics, seven republicans are currently against the bill:
”The rank-and-file in the PA House GOP has begun to come out against Senate Majority Leader Pileggi’s proposal to split Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. Keep PA Relevant has noted seven Republican members of the House who have expressed opposition in some form or another to the proposal, to only three who have come out in favor. Only eleven Republican no votes are required to defeat the plan, assuming Democrats are united in opposition.”
Although it is likely that Democrats would receive a majority of Pennsylvania electoral votes, the rigged redistribution of votes could prove fatal for President Obama in a tight election, according to Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia:
“If the Pennsylvania proposal had been in force during past elections, results could have been profoundly different. According to Sabato, John F. Kennedy would have lost decisively to Richard Nixon in 1960. In 1976, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter would have tied in the Electoral College despite the Democrat’s 1.7 million-vote edge in popular votes.”
Some Republicans do not like the way the bill was introduced to them. Planning began in April but was not introduced to them until a dinner between Corbett and GOP leadership held at the governor’s mansion on September 6th. To boot, some Republicans are weary of Gerow’s close ties to the Governor. The Godfather of Gerow’s child is Corbett administration Press Secretary Kevin F. Harley, a member of the Governor’s inner circle. Gerow used this personal relationship to get the Governor on board, sources say. All Votes Matter only met with the Governor after securing an army of powerful lobbyists including Long, Nyquist and Associates, a powerhouse consulting firm headed by veteran Senate GOP staffers Mike Long and Todd Nyquist.
Many PA Republicans who face reelection in 2012 are jumping from the rigged ship out of fear for a backlash. The areas that would be effected most by the change, the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have not seen an all-out get out the vote campaign by a modern Democrat because the areas are generally foregone GOP conclusions. There is some sense that an anti-voter action this extreme would spur the center-left to give the Republican party a run for its money in these historically Right-leaning strongholds.