HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party is going to court in an effort to remove convicted ex-Rep. Bill DeWeese from the election ballot.
The party filed the lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on Friday, naming DeWeese and Secretary of State Carol Aichele as defendants.
DeWeese is serving a two-and-a-half-to-five-year prison term after being convicted of corruption — a fact that bars him from serving in the Legislature ever again. Yet he remains on the ballot as the Democratic nominee in his former southwestern Pennsylvania district.
The state party and three registered voters from the district are seeking a court order that will knock DeWeese off the ballot in time for a new nominee to be picked. That deadline for naming a new candidate is Aug. 23 — less than five weeks away.