Gov. Tom Corbett is endorsing his favorite Republican candidates for the April 24 primary election, including candidates for United States Senator (to oppose incumbent Sen. Bob Casey) and auditor general, the office he once held; no incumbent is running in that race. That’s fine.
The Republican State Committee is also endorsing its preferred candidates. That’s not so fine.
When Corbett endorses a candidate, he is exercising his rights as a citizen.
If the Republican State Committee simply says, as a group, “We like this candidate best,” that also is fine.
But if the Republican State Committee turns an endorsement into a full-fledged campaign, giving the endorsed candidate access to party-compiled lists of voters and donors, supplying direct or indirect staff help and advice, that raises a question:
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