Ex-pol’s grandson drops candidacy, saying he would hate job

MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — The grandson of a former state House speaker is quitting the race for the seat his grandfather once held, saying he now realizes he would hate the job.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1V1791t ) says 29-year-old Jim Manderino II announced on Facebook that he was quitting the Democratic primary race. Manderino’s uncle and campaign manager, Jack Manderino, confirms the decision but says his nephew won’t comment further.

Manderino’s post reads: “I have realized that I will hate this job and I do not believe that will do our district very much good. It’s just not for me.”

His grandfather James Manderino died in 1989 shortly after he was elected House speaker.

West Newton Mayor Mary Popovich and Monessen businessman Charles Mrlack (MER’-lak) are still running to replace retiring state Rep. Ted Harhai. All are Democrats.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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