PA Sen: GOP’s Santorum Admits Helping Green Party in Order to Split Dem Vote

On “Hardball” Monday night, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) freely admitted — as we first reported on August 11 — that his Republican supporters are helping the Green Party candidate for the sole purpose of splitting the liberal vote in November in order to improve his own margins in his campaign for re-election:

[Hardball host CHRIS MATTHEWS: Senator Rick Santorum, you just said the enemy of my enemy is my friend. You and the Green Party of Pennsylvania. It would be helpful to you to have a large Green Party turnout to reduce the support for the Casey campaign.

Have you had any dealings or has your campaign had any dealings to get them on the ballot, to do anything to support anything for the Green Party of Pennsylvania, any role at all?

SANTORUM: Yes, absolutely. We have been absolutely up front about the fact that we want the Green Party on the ballot. We asked folks to circulate petitions for them. In fact, we even had folks who work for me and volunteer for me to go out and volunteer and work for them. We ask folks who would like to help them financially to go ahead and do it. I know members of my campaign did.

So, no, we‘ve been very up-front about the fact that I have an opponent in Bob Casey, Jr., who does not want to engage in a Senate race. He wants to engage in personal attacks and hide behind his father‘s name and not engage in any kind of substantive debate in this campaign.

And we have someone in Carl Romanelli, who‘s the Green Party candidate, who‘s at least willing to debate me. My opponent has not agreed to debate me in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet. And we want someone who will.

9 Comments

  • August 23, 2006 - 7:14 am | Permalink

    Jon failed to reference my post of Aug. 11 about this topic. I’m sure it was an oversight, not a slight. Read the original here.

  • August 23, 2006 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    Yes, meant to add that I first heard about the story in Buck’s reporting.

  • August 23, 2006 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    SHAMELESS says it all!

  • August 23, 2006 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    too bad he wasnt upfront about the money he took from penn hills school dist when he was living in virginia shows what a cockroach he is

  • grammy
    August 23, 2006 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I always think about how America has changed in the last 50 or even 60 years. If a candidate had admitted that oh those many years ago, he would have had to hide his head in shame for being so underhanded…
    He’s a dirty prick who knows that he couldn’t get elected fair and square, so he has to resort to just about anything to help himself; but isn’t that the sign of a true republican…desperate for power…kind of like Joe,the republican, Lieberman!

  • August 23, 2006 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Romanelli has also previously run as a Republican, so in fact, isn’t a green at all.

    This whole thing is pure election fraud.

  • hterrya
    August 23, 2006 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    But folks, Ricky (the momma’s boy and daddy’s toy) is being so honest about being so dishonest! Can’t the ignorant, insecure, hateful, hypocritical, crooked, little Hitler ever catch a break?

  • Savvy Senior
    August 24, 2006 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    I have not seen one ad of Casey’s where he “attacks”Ricky. In fact, I a looking forward to Casey hitting hard, soon, I hope. Anything that supposed senator says has a trick message, For instance, one commercial states he “wrote”a certain bill… and sponsered another,however, they were never enacted by the senate. Like me saying I “wrote” my life story but never had it printed.
    Remember PA. voters, RS has done nothing but vote for everything Bush wanted and cast his vote that would seem to favor what the public wants, knowing full well it would not pass
    the senate vote. He’s a farce. Check “Santorum exposed” for his true record. By the way, congress has only been in session for less than 100 days. What a record.

    VOTE FOR CASEY….

  • August 25, 2006 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Well, Bob Casey Jr has a very good looking family, too. I shook hands and spoke with Bob Casey Jr and heard him speak. As a matter of fact, he talked about how Rick Santorum voted for his own pay raise 3 times and voted against raising the minimum wage 13 times. Guess what’s good for Ricky Rooster is not good for everyone else.

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