The reason the group opposes Ron Castille and Max Baer is their failure to implement Voter ID in Pennsylvania. The Voter ID law was passed by both chambers of the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2012, but the Supreme Court put the law on hold for both the 2012 and 2013 election cycles while a lower court hears objections filed by Democrats and the ACLU.
Castille and Baer should face the price for interfering with the will of the people, argues the tea party group.
Here is a press release issued by the group:
The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC is urging a 'No' vote on retention of PA Supreme Court Justices Ron Castille (R) and Max Baer (D) in Tuesday's November 5, 2013 election due to their failure to uphold the Voter ID law enacted by the Pennsylvania Assembly and signed by Governor Tom Corbett (R).
"The Independence Hall Tea Party worked extremely hard to help get Voter ID passed--beginning in November 2010," said PAC President, Don Adams.
"We have contacted over 170 Tea Party and Patriot groups across Pennsylvania to ask that they join us in urging the rejection of Justices Ron Castille and Max Baer for their role in obstructing the implementation of the Voter ID law in both the 2012 and 2013 Pennsylvania Primary and General Elections," said PAC President, Don Adams.
According to Pennsylvania law, Chief Justice Ron Castille, age 69, is required to retire from the Supreme Court upon his 70th birthday.
"The PAC is urging voters to give both justices an early retirement for thwarting the will of the people and Pennsylvania law by refusing to implement Voter ID.
"Polls consistently show that Pennsylvanians favor Voter ID by overwhelming margins. A September 2012 Quinnipiac/NY Times/CBS Poll showed that 62% of Pennsylvanians approve the law, while 35% oppose.
Additionally, 99% of those interviewed stated that they possessed a state issued photo identification and 1% did not," said Adams.
"Despite these figures, the PA Supreme Court, with the votes of both Justices Castille and Baer, has seen fit to obstruct Voter ID implementation in four election cycles by twice remanding that a lower court review the law's merit, with specific stipulations of the high court, based on a questionable legal challenge.
"The PA Supreme Court did not even have the courage to rule on the law itself. Instead, it is hiding behind the rulings of lower court judges.
"This is completely unacceptable behavior and the voters of Pennsylvania will have a chance to say 'No' to the Justices who said 'No' to Voter ID."
"Undoubtedly, Justices Castille and Baer will spend a small fortune on the retention vote. We will be limited to word of mouth and free social media.
But since 2013 is a low turnout election year, and voters, in general, are not in a good mood, we hope to prevail.