In a letter dated June 4, 2013 to the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, Paul Rossi, the attorney who helped the party successfully defeat GOP challenges to its submitted petitions to get Gary Johnson and its statewide candidates on the ballot in 2012, has strongly encouraged the LPPA to "actively campaign against the election of Mr. Stabile" for the vacant seat on the Superior Court.
In an indictment of the character and impartiality of Vic Stabile, Paul Rossi, a registered Republican, said, "Mr. Stabile is a GOP political hack who lacks the judicial temperament to be a judge on the Superior Court. Furthermore, he will not be an impartial judge. Mr. Stabile will be very biased in favor of any legal position advocated by the GOP."
Paul Rossi's complete statement on the issue was the following:
Vic Stabile is the GOP nominee for the vacant seat on the Superior Court to be decided in the 2013 general election. Vic Stabile was one of the GOP attorneys fighting to remove your candidates from the 2012 general election ballot. In fact, he is the attorney that became very aggressive toward one of your reviewers when he refused to rush through the signature review process; an agitated Mr. Stabile actually puffed out his chest and moved in a physically aggressive manner toward your reviewer. the Court bailiff had to step in to prevent Mr. Stabile from taking any further aggressive actions against your reviewer.
Mr. Stabile is a GOP political hack who lacks the judicial temperament to be a judge on the Superior Court. Furthermore, he will not be an impartial judge. Mr. Stabile will be very biased in favor of any legal position advocated by the GOP.
I would strongly encourage the LPPA to actively campaign against the election of Mr. Stabile in November.
Dr. Tom Stevens, Immediate Past Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, stated:
It is extremely important for the LPPA to field its own Libertarian Party judicial candidate for the vacant seat on the Superior Court that will be filled this year. In that way, our candidate can point out our party's experience in dealing with Vic Stabile and use the opportunity to call for ballot access reform.
The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is a political party and we must recruit and run Libertarian Party candidates for public office. The party must work hard to recruit libertarians willing to put in the time, effort and money necessary to get elected. At the very least, the party has the responsibility to field Libertarian Party candidates who can intelligently and persuasively set forth libertarian solutions to the very real problems faced by our state and nation.
I fear that those anarchist "Vote for Nobody" types who currently hold influence in the party, aided by those who sometimes appear to be acting in the best interests of the Republican Party instead of the Libertarian Party, will make sure the Libertarian Party nominates no one for the vacant seat on the Superior Court, and if they do nominate someone, you can be sure they will not put in the effort to get that candidate on the ballot this November. Heed my warning. Mark my words. I doubt I am wrong. See for yourself in the coming months.
Dr. Tom Stevens served as State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania from April 22, 2012 to April 5, 2013.