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Pa. Senate candidate Curley switches to Democratic Party

Name will appear on Republican ballot in primary

Name will appear on Republican ballot in primary

April 04, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania Senate candidate Robert "Bob" Curley has become fed up with the Republican Party.

Curley, 49, voiced his "disappointment" with the party and made public his intent Thursday to change parties at a Senate forum for the 33rd District at Penn National Golf Club's Trellis Terrace.

"From this point forward, I've decided to change my voter registration to Democrat and now launch to the right of the campaign," said Curley to an audience of almost 60 people.

"I've said before that I thought I was up against a couple people. Now I feel like I'm up against a couple people, and a political machine."

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Curley repeated the notion following the forum, noting that he delivered his application to the Franklin County Voter Registration Office.

An official with the county voting office said Curley delivered an envelope Thursday, but it was not to be opened until today, according to a note left on the envelope.

The deadline for voter registration applications ended March 24 and a change in Curley's affiliation would not become official until April 23, the official said.

"This seat has not opened up in 20 years. This is the first time it's opened up," Curley said of the position vacated by Sen. Terry Punt. "(Republicans) wanted this thing to be over before it started."

The Pennsylvania primary is April 22. Curley's name will appear on the Republican ballot.

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