Friday, April 21, 2006

PA CleanSweep candidates rally as primary approaches

Russ Diamond's legacy: 109 grassroots candidates will run in May PA primary

Founder quits group but continues run for governor
Friday, April 21, 2006
By Tracie Mauriello
Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
.....CleanSweep founder Russ Diamond, who is running for governor, resigned yesterday after prolonged in-fighting on the board of directors. Still, the group's momentum will continue, Mr. Diamond assured Mr. Ogden, Mr. Anderson, and 33 other CleanSweep candidates who gathered yesterday for a rally at the Capitol.
In all, 109 CleanSweep candidates are running in the May primary.
They are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and independents who were incensed enough by last year's legislative pay raises to run for office themselves.
They are accountants and steelworkers, homemakers and youth sports coaches, grandsons and grandmothers, karate instructors and coffee-shop owners. .....

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