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Should Sen. Jane Orie Step Down Before Her Sentencing?

Sen. Jane Orie, of McCandless, can remain in her elected seat until she is sentenced. Should she step down earlier?

State Sen. Jane Orie, whose McCandless family has been a powerhouse in local politics, is awaiting sentencing after a jury found her guilty this week of using her legislative staff to campaign for both her re-election and that of her sister, Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. 

In the meantime, the question now is whether she will step down from her 40th District seat, in which she is serving her third full term. Legally, until she is sentenced, Orie can remain in her seat. She is under house arrest until that time and is being monitored through the use of an electronic bracelet. 

The 40th District includes all of Ross Township and West View Borough, as well as Shaler, Hampton, Marshall, Pine, Richland and West Deer townships and Franklin Park. It also extends north into Butler County and includes Cranberry Township. 

In a letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mike McMullen, a Republican state committeeman from Hampton, said it's time for a special election: 

We need someone to serve the 40th Senate District with honor and integrity. The time is now for her to step aside and finally for once do the right thing. It is time to go, Sen. Orie.

What do you think? Should Orie step down now before she is sentenced? Should there be a special election? Let us know in the poll below. 

And if you do think she should step down, who do you think is likely to throw his or her hat in the ring to replace her? Who will seek to be on the ballot in a special election. Please share your thoughts below in the comments section. 

Have more thoughts you'd like to share on this topic? Feel free to send us a Letter to the Editor to amyjo.brown@patch.com

barbara ann pessy March 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
i agree with you debbie- if ms. orie can not be an altristic elected official then she needs to recognize that she is no longr working for her constituents' needs. reason why she was elected -somewhere ms. orie lost her real role for being an elected official. barbara ann pessy
HB March 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I'm all for Ross Twp. Commissioner(s) and North Hills School District Board members running for Orie's seat-I believe Ross Twp. and West View Boro would be better represented. . . we've had enough of Melissa Hart . . . felt she was out of touch with middle class citizens and voted for Jason Altmire.
Conrad March 30, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I couldn't agree with you more! Personally, I felt that she should have addressed the legal issues before she ran for re-election, but that's probably being FAR too naive. So, we re-elect indicted politicians and give them a pass until they are convicted. Works for me!
Louis Neubert March 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Its interesting to hear all this condemnation and you don't know all the facts and what this is all bout and why it happpened. the way it did. There is more to this and wait until the appeal is through.Louis Neubert
Terri Anne March 30, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Um, she was convicted by a jury of her peers. I think I have enough facts to piece together that this senator is corrupt and should step down immediately. Are you an Orie, perhaps? I can't think why else you are defending her.

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