Attached please find Motion for Reconsideration submitted today by Jon Marietta, Republican candidate for County Commissioner (Council) and myself, (Gregory Stenstrom) Pro Se, as his statutory “authorized representative.”
While it’s a little far from Delaware and Chester Counties (Fayette is west of Pittsburgh), I have been working with and advising Jon after being introduced by Leah Hoopes. Jon is an unendorsed GOP candidate, who was discouraged from running by the County and State GOP.
The County and Board of Elections fought tooth and nail for 98 days after the May 16th primary to deny Jon access to public election records, and transparency into the primary election results, in which the Fayette BOE made multiple calculation errors, could not reconcile the vote (they ran ALL Election Day Absentee and no-excuse Mail-in ballots through a single scanner without segregating them, and what appears to have been a scanner without all Ballot Definition Documents (BDD’s) installed).
Jon was forced to incur approximately $30,000 in legal fees and was represented by Greg Teufel, who has been active throughout the Commonwealth in election cases, and having exhausted his financial resources, and having been dismissed by the Common Pleas Court in Fayette County on Friday, August 25th, 2023, was out of options.
Interestingly, Jon received a call from his GOP County Chair more than two hours before either he or his attorney received the Order dismissing his petitions (which required 3 qualified electors per precinct to submit for 6 precincts), that she (the GOP Chair) had been notified by the State GOP that his petitions had been “thrown out” by the Court. While the Order was docketed at 1:36PM, and it is possible someone in the Courthouse notified the State GOP in advance of Jon and attorney Teufel being emailed the Order to Dismiss at approximately 4:30pm, it smacked of bad form.
If a candidate, endorsed, or unendorsed, isn’t willing to go to the mat to protect the vote and election integrity at the polls and afterwards, and fight for both themselves and their prospective constituents they intend to serve, then they cannot be expected to fight after winning an election either. The silence of the County and State GOP was deafening and prescient of what the People of Pennsylvania and our nation can expect in future elections, and the fate of our country, which is in the balance.
We can expect similar battles this coming November 7th, 2023 in Delaware and Chester counties, which are key “pivot” counties in GOP corporate statewide interests. If we don’t support other good candidates in the other 67 counties of Pennsylvania, we might win pyrrhic victories locally, and lose what has become a war between social “progressives” and conservative factions throughout our State and the nation.
Should we be granted the requested hearing, and recount, we will need to pack the courtrooms and election centers to support good candidates who otherwise would be left of their own. They don’t deserve that from the People who they have so honorably offered to serve above their own interests.
We will get the government and representation we deserve, both good and bad, if we do not observe the covenant our constitutional founding fathers expected of us to participate in our own self governance.