Even if he can't run for Congress as an "independent," Jim Foster's name still can appear on the November election ballot, Commonwealth Court ruled late Tuesday.
The court said he could be listed as the "Philadelphia Party" candidate and might yet be designated the "Independent" nominee.
Foster wants to run against incumbent Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), but when he filed his 125-page petition on Friday in Harrisburg as an "independent," state election officials rejected his signatures on the ground that another member of his party already had filed.
The 69-year-old Germantown newspaper editor was nonplussed, saying that he belonged to no party. "I am the antithesis of a party," he said.