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An Open Primary Is Good For Your Health
In the article "National Organization of Women Endorses Alan Sandals" in the April issue, you noted, with apparent consternation: "The Democratic Party establishment recruited and is backing staunch abortion opponent Robert Casey Jr. in the primary."
This move has created rifts between grassroots Democrats and the party leadership. Treasurer Casey's strong anti-abortion stance is probably a factor in this disaffection, but there is a bipartisan source of the unrest. Just as the Republican hierarchy annulled their gubernatorial primary by 
forcing the clearly better qualified Lt. Gov. Scranton out of the race, last year the Democratic bosses inside the Washington Beltway shoved Barbara Hafer and Joe Hoeffel out of the senatorial running. We the registered voters ought to be the ones who decide who the party standard-bearer will be. 
If my fellow Democratic primary voters had picked Bobby over Barbara and/or Joe, I wouldn't have such a bad taste in my mouth about the 2006 elections. 
Professor Pennacchio, a pro-choice candidate for the Democratic nomination and a favorite of many liberal activists, has been quoted as saying, "An open primary is the single healthiest thing that a political party can embrace." On behalf of the rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats who stuff the envelopes and circulate the nominating petitions, I agree.
-- Joy Matkowski, Enola, PA

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