POLS ON THE STREET: Dems Play The Tea Party

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IT’S OFFICIAL! John Giordano, regional director for Southeastern Penna., points to one of several campaign signs identifying Philadelphia campaign office for Republican nominee for Governor Attorney General Tom Corbett. Office, located at 2056 Sansom Street, will coordinate volunteer activity as well as supply GOP regulars with needed campaign material. It can be reached by calling (267) 753-5972.

Republican Party   Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason yesterday charged Dan Onorato supporters and Democrat operatives circulated petitions for John Krupa, a candidate claiming to be the Tea Party nominee for Governor.
“It’s obvious that Dan Onorato is willing to resort to any-means necessary tactics in a desperate attempt to improve his chances to win elections this fall,” Gleason said. “The allegations made against the Onorato campaign and the Democratic Party, as they pertain to their involvement with John Krupa’s nominating papers, are extremely troubling.”
Gleason added, “Dan Onorato and the Democratic Party need to answer some questions immediately with regard to his involvement with John Krupa’s campaign.  How involved was Dan Onorato in this attempt to hijack the Tea Party, which was nothing more than a desperate attempt to help his faltering campaign?
“The fact is Democrats understand Pennsylvanians don’t want another four years of the type of tax-and-spend policies Dan Onorato and Ed Rendell support, but instead of reevaluating their positions on the issues, they’re content to use backroom political tricks in a weak attempt to confuse the voters and further their failed big-government agenda.”
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  on Tuesday ran a story entitled, “Onorato allies and Tea Party candidacy,” which detailed efforts by Democratic operatives, many with close ties to Onorato, who helped circulate Krupa’s nominating papers, quoting  political pundit Terry Madonna, who summed it up when he said, “It’s low-ball politics. This does show the degree to which Democrats are deeply concerned about how badly off they are in this election cycle.”
Hitting Onorato from another angle was the charge  by Republican Tom Corbett’s campaign manager Brian Nutt, who said, “By repeating his call for reforms at the DRPA, but punting on who should implement them, he is playing politics as usual. Onorato and DRPA Board chairman John Estey are former law school classmates.”

Attorney David Oh ran for Philadelphia City Council At Large in 2003 and 2007. Although the odds were against him, he worked hard and campaigned on key issues. In his 2007 run he won by 7 votes on Election Day, but lost a couple weeks later by 122 absentee-ballet votes.
He is now planning a third run for City Council At-Large in 2011. “I will once again advocate that we work together to implement legislation, programs and processes that will dramatically improve the lives of every day people living in our neighborhoods and working in our businesses,” he stated.
“For that reason,” he added, “I am proud State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and former State Sen. Philip Price, Jr. will join me on Friday, Sep. 10 at my exploratory fundraiser. In addition, many dignitaries and friends will attend, including our keynote speaker, Don Liu, General Counsel of Xerox, and Mistress of Ceremony actress Tiffany Dupont.”
Green Party candidates successfully filed all nominating petitions with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions & Elections allowing all candidates to compete in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Ed Bortz, Green Party candidate for US Congress in the 14th Dist. of Pennsylvania, which encompasses the city of Pittsburgh, filed 9,900 signatures, more than twice the minimum requirement for ballot access.
Mel Packer, Green Party candidate for US Senate, also satisfied the statewide signature requirement, as did all Green Party candidates for Representative in the General Assembly. Packer works as a physician assistant in an emergency room in Pittsburgh. He was once a Teamster and helped organize Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a rank-and-file union-democracy movement. Packer was recently on the board of the Thomas Merton Center, a nationally known peace-and-social-justice center.
Green Party candidates in 2010 include Packer; Bortz; Hugh Giordano, State Rep for the 194th Dist. in Northwest Philadelphia; Rex D’Agostino, State Rep for the 183rd Dist. in the Lehigh Valley; Jay Sweeney, State Rep for the 111th Dist. in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania; Edward Bonsell, State Rep for the 53rd Dist. in Pittsburgh; and Charles “Skip” Moyer, State Rep for the 145th Dist. in Upper Bucks Co.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania, www.green­partyof­pa.org, is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, sustainable economics, nonviolence, and ecology.

debate between the Republican and Democrat running for Pennsylvania Governor is scheduled for Sep. 27.
Aides to Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato said the candidates plan to attend a debate at an annual Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry dinner in Hershey. Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel will moderate.

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2 Responses to POLS ON THE STREET: Dems Play The Tea Party

  1. What is the latest on the situation with the Democrats involvement in this situation?

    August 17, 2010 at 9:05 am

  2. Pamela: Democratic campaign operatives were intimately involved.

    Jim Tayoun
    August 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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