Not much ado about judge's petitions

A mediation seems unlikely in this scenario, as no one is seeking to have the signature disqualified.

"It would be a waste of effort and money," said Melody Burns, chairwoman of the Bethlehem Republican Committee. "[Gordon] had enough signatures, so it doesn't make any sense."

The rule in question does not pertain to election law, so it's unlikely a basis would be found to have the signatures thrown out.

While Ambrosio said he was unconcerned about Donovan's petitions, it was apparently his own campaign that led the GOP to look into Donovan.

Ambrosio said he was asked to carry petitions for other candidates when he was canvassing for the Independence and Conservative lines. Canvassing is a time- and energy-consuming process, so it's not unusual for affiliated candidates to help one another out.

"Several of my fellow Republican candidates found out I was having some success [gathering third-party signatures] and asked me if I wouldn't mind carrying their petitions, too. ... I told them, I can't do it," Ambrosio said. "This being my first rodeo, I wanted to take a very, very conservative and careful approach to this."

Both Donovan and Ambrosio are seeking the Independence and Conservative lines, meaning there will be a Sept. 14 primary for those slots.""

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