Nate Kleinman, the Occupy Philadelphia protester and congressional candidate I've been following over the last few weeks, will not make the ballot in Pennsylvania's 13th district.
Two weeks ago, Democratic representative Allyson Schwartz contested Kleinman's right to be on the ballot after he submitted just 1,500 signatures -- 500 more than the required amount, but still a low offering -- and Kleinman was unable to convince a judge to dismiss the case.
"I made the determination that I didn't have the time to spend the next few weeks fighting this in court," Kleinman told me today. "There are only seven weeks to the election."
Kleinman will now run as a write-in candidate, and says he is confident that he has a serious chance.
2. It happens more than you think...didn't our own President do it in Illinois?
From CNN, May 2008:
"In his first race for office, seeking a state Senate seat on Chicago's gritty South Side in 1996, Obama effectively used election rules to eliminate his Democratic competition.
As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.
The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district."