Trouble in the Lisa Paolino camp.
With just days to go until Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, the Montgomery County Republican Party has won a temporary restraining order preventing Paulino from distributing campaign material the party says contains fraudulent claims.
"It's unfortunate that this candidate (Paolino) has stooped to this level to deceive the voters," Montgomery County Republican Committee Executive Director Athan Koutsiouroumbas told reporter Margaret Gibbons.
A full hearing will be held Monday.
This is not the kind of news a campaign needs on the eve of an election. The controversy centers on a sample ballot that the Paolino campaign mailed out. The ballot appears to mislead voters into believing that Paolino has the endorsement of the Montgomery County Republican Party, when in fact, the party has endorsed another candidate.
The endorsed candidate for the 17th state Senate seat is Lance Rogers. Paolino is challenging Rogers for the GOP nomination on Tuesday. The winner will face state Rep. Daylin Leach, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. The incumbent, Democratic Sen. Connie Williams, is not seeking reelection.
"Republicans deserve a fair and clean election, and it is sad that Ms. Paolino is trying to steal an election by deceiving voters," Rogers said in a statement released after Friday's court ruling.
Paolino's campaign is also facing an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General for previously reported illegal campaign activities.
The last thing Republican voters need is to give Leach, a very weak candidate who has little to show for his year in Harrisburg, ammunition against a potential GOP challenger.