On Twitter, Ben Turner points out that John Maher, the Republican candidate for Auditor General, is actually in exactly the same situation as Eugene DePasquale – running for two different offices, with no Democratic opponent in HD-40.
This would be an excellent opportunity for the PA Green Party, if they were actually interested in getting Green Party members elected. The Green Party candidate would go head to head with the Republican, instead of playing the spoiler role.
In general, I think it would be smarter for the minor parties to put more resources into winning local and state races rather than focusing on these quixotic bids for President, Governor, etc. Especially with the Green Party, wouldn’t it be better to try to win some city council seats? Arguably, party members could do a lot more for the environment at the city or county level, where land use policy gets made.