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Jay Paterno's candidacy could be challenged

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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Jay Paterno is running for office in Pennsylvania. (USATSI)

Jay Paterno's candidacy for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania could end before it ever truly begins if one of his rivals gets their way.

The Associated Press reports that Brad Koplinski, a councilman from Harrisburg, says he has hired a lawyer to challenge Paterno's nominating petitions. To become a candidate for lietenant governor in Pennsylvania, you have to collect the signatures of 1,000 registered party voters -- in Paterno's case, the Democratic party -- including at least 100 voters from five different counties. Paterno says he's confident in the petitions he submitted, but Koplinski's lawyer, Larry Otter, feels differently.

"Ive reviewed them and in one word, they're terrible," said Otter.

Now, I have no idea whether or not Paterno's petition will meet the requirements. It might, it might not. What I will say, though, is that there are six Democratic candidates who submitted petitions to run for the same position as Paterno. Paterno is the only one of them who happens to be named Paterno in the state of Pennsylvania.

So it's possible that one of the other candidates is just doing whatever he can to try and get Paterno off the ballot because, let's face it, the odds of beating a Paterno in a Pennsylvania election aren't very good.

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