Philadelphia Blogger: My Name Was Forged on Babette Josephs’ Petition

Duncan Black, aka Atrios, says the signature on former State Rep’s nominating documents is not his.

The signature of noted Philadelphia blogger Duncan Black — also known as Atrios — was allegedly forged on the nominating petitions of former State Rep. Babette Josephs, Keystone Politics reports. Black swore in an affidavit and told Keystone Politics the signature, as well as the one below him listing the same address, is not his.


Keystone Politics explains the deal:

Alisa Snyder is not even registered to vote at Black’s address. In fact, according to Black, “Alisa Snyder lived at the address for a bit but she moved to Boston in June 2012. Still there AFAIK. Certainly was not at address on March 2nd,” but acccording to the petition sheets notarized and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of State by the Josephs Campaign, Black and Snyder live together and signed at the same time, in the presence of a Josephs campaign petition circulator, on March 2nd.

Nominating petitions are challenged all the time in Philly, and Brian Sims — the current State Rep., who beat Josephs for her seat in 2012 — has filed complaints about 400 signatures on Josephs’ petitions. This is common practice in Pennsylvania, where petitions are challenged extensively pretty much every year. It’s much easier to win an election if you can kick your opponent off the ballot!

Read Simon van Zulen-Wood’s excellent piece on a Philly for Change event at Tattooed Mom’s featuring Sims, Josephs and Mark B. Cohen.

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  • Northeaster

    Yea, not surprised, the petition circulator probably was told “get me x amount of signatures in these districts” and decided to sign a few of the last ones themselves. They just unluckily picked a blogger (although I have never heard of him and I have heard of pretty much everybody in the local blogging scene)

  • Jonathan Geeting

    No shame in challenging signatures if it looks like only 3 different people filled out 25 different signature lines as it does on the petition sheet with Duncan Black’s signature.

  • Steve Todd

    Top notch reporting. Thank God for the internet, and especially social media and the blogosphere. We used to have to depend on MainStream Media to tell us all is well when it wasn’t. MSM still doesn’t have this, except, at least not in return to “Babette Josephs Petition” All must be well…we know it is not.

    I hope justice is allowed to be served. It seems the rules that govern our behavior – such as prohibition from felonious forgery of notarized election documents – are historically not really applied to either the wealthy or the connected. Just make sure you don’t smoke a leaf, or you will be dealt with swiftly.