Pa. candidates duke it out over noble nickname
Published: March 22, 2013
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two southeastern Pennsylvania political candidates are set to duke it out in court.
A petition filed this week in Bucks County Court asks that incumbent Sheriff Edward "Duke" Donnelly be removed from the ticket because his nickname implies he's royalty.
Rival candidate Tom Lingenfelter says having Donnelly's nickname on the ballot violates state and federal constitutional bans on granting titles of nobility.
Lingenfelter also says it'll cause "voter confusion" and that "Duke" does not appear on Donnelly's voter registration card.
Donnelly tells the Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/YufdpT ) that he's mystified by the election challenge. He says he's had the nickname since childhood and that it's appeared on the ballot several times over the last decade.