Democrats charge Roe with voter fraud over can­di­dacy

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Voter fraud charges have been filed against Repub­li­can Eric Roe by the Chair­man of the Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Party, al­leg­ing Roe know­ingly ran for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive, de­spite not meet­ing the com­mon­wealth’s res­i­dency re­quire­ments.

Roe, 28, is the Repub­li­can can­di­date for state House in the 158th District.

Brian McGin­nis, chair­man of the Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Party, filed com­plaints with Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney Tom Ho­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bruce Beemer late this week. The com­plaints al­lege Roe has not been a res­i­dent of Penn­syl­va­nia for four years as re­quired by the state con­sti­tu­tion. The com­plaints say Roe has been a res­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., as late as last month, while em­ployed at a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mi­tee.

Roe is fac­ing Demo­crat Su­san Rzu­cidlo in the Novem­ber elec­tion for the seat cur­rently held by state Rep. Chris Ross. Ross, a Repub­li­can, will re­tire at the end of his term later this year.

“Eric Roe clearly does not meet the four-year com­mon­wealth res­i­dency re­quire­ment for state House can­di­dates,” said McGin­nis. “De­spite our warn­ings af­ter the Ch­ester County Repub­li­cans en­dorsed Roe, the Repub­li­cans nom­i­nated a can­di­date who does not meet the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments to serve. Eric Roe has mis­rep­re­sented him­self to the vot­ers in the 158th and now we are call­ing on Tom Ho­gan and Bruce Beemer to take ac­tion. If Don­ald Trump and the Repub­li­cans are so con­cerned about voter fraud, they should look in the mir-

ror be­cause Eric Roe’s case is clear cut fraud.”

Val DiGior­gio, chair­man of the Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Party, said the com­plaint is mer­it­less.

“The truth is, Eric Roe has lived in the district nearly all his life, hav­ing moved here when he was 3 years old, at­tended high school here and, dur­ing the pe­riod in ques­tion, main­tained his driver’s li­cense here, voted here, and paid his taxes here,” he said. “The rest is non­sense and I hope Su­san and her party will stop pur­posely mis­lead­ing the vot­ers.”

Joel Frank, so­lic­i­tor for the Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Party, called the com­plaint “base­less.”

“When this is­sue was first raised months ago, we per­formed a com­pre­hen­sive anal­y­sis of the ac­tual facts in light of the gov­ern­ing law and read­ily con­cluded that Eric met the statu­tory re­quire­ments to hold of­fice,” he said. “Al­though we still have not seen the ac­tual com­plaint, it is ap­par­ent to me that Mr. McGin­nis and his cronies don’t grasp or un­der­stand the ap­pli­ca­ble law. Their ac­cu­sa­tions are base­less, un­founded, and reck­less.”

Rzu­cidlo said Roe’s res­i­dency is a le­gal mat­ter that will have to be de­cided by the courts. She said the Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Party re­searched and de­cided to pur­sue the mat­ter.

“For me, my fo­cus is on the elec­tion on Nov. 8,” she said. “I was very clear in the Daily Lo­cal News ar­ti­cle printed on April 23, 2016, that I did not sup­port Gov. Wolf’s bud­get, I felt it was bad for the peo­ple of Penn­syl­va­nia.”

Rzu­cidlo be­lieves Roe and DiGior­gio have re­port­edly mis­led the vot­ers in mail­ings and on TV “in a des­per­ate at­tempt to get that young man elected.”

Rzu­cidlo also said she hopes they “will do the hon­or­able thing and re­tract those state­ments and apol­o­gize to the peo­ple of the 158th” for what she be­lieves was a mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, drafted by at­tor­ney Adam Bonin, “the le­gal ques­tion is whether Roe was an in­hab­i­tant of Penn­syl­va­nia on Nov. 8, 2012, and for the four years there­after. He hasn’t been. It’s closer to two years, three months.”

The Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Party ques­tioned Roe’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion prior to April’s pri­mary elec­tion when ev­i­dence sur­faced from Roe’s LinkedIn page that he re­mained liv­ing and work­ing in D.C. for Free­dom Ring, Inc. past the key date of Novem­ber 2012. Roe worked as a con­sul­tant for Let Free­dom Ring from Novem­ber 2012 to June 2013. He re­port­edly moved out of his D.C. apart­ment soon af­ter.

But DiGior­gio said Rzu­cidlo is look­ing for an easy way to vic­tory.

“Three-time failed can­di­date Su­san Rzu­cidlo op­poses pen­sion re­form and liquor pri­va­ti­za­tion,” he said. “She sup­ports the largest tax in­crease in the his­tory of the com­mon­wealth, which would tax ev­ery­thing from day care to col­lege text­books to se­nior liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties and more. Since Su­san can­not con­vince vot­ers in her district that she agrees with them on these and other is­sues, she is tout­ing a spu­ri­ous claim about Eric Roe’s res­i­dency.”

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