DOYLESTOWN (AP) — Two Republican candidates for sheriff in one eastern Pennsylvania county are “duking” it out over the incumbent’s nickname.
Tom Lingenfelter, a political activist and challenger in the May 21 primary in Bucks County, wants incumbent Sheriff Edward “Duke” Donnelly kicked off the ballot for using his nickname.
The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports Lingenfelter’s Common Pleas Court challenge says the nickname connotes a “hereditary distinction or nobility title,” is likely to confuse voters and doesn’t match the name on Donnelly’s voter registration card.
Donnelly says he’s always been called Duke saying, “When I was a kid, my dad was ‘big Duke’ and I was ‘little Duke.’”
Donnelly doesn’t seem to be taking the challenge too seriously, saying, “My wife is not a duchess, and if anybody ever calls her that, she’ll probably kill me.”