ELEPHANT CORNER: Meehan Clambake Was Huge Success

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IT WAS Family Day at Clambake for Councilman David Oh and family. On his right is cousin Mary Logan and seated is his mother-in-law Imja Chung with his children Joshua and Hannah Oh. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

IT WAS Family Day at Clambake for Councilman David Oh and family. On his right is cousin Mary Logan and seated is his mother-in-law Imja Chung with his children Joshua and Hannah Oh. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

Last Sunday Philadelphia Republican City Committee held the 30th annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter. The event had well over 500 attendees and is one of RCC’s premier fundraisers annually. RCC Chairman and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR introduced Pennsylvania Republican Party CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON and BILLY MEEHAN’S son, RCC GENERAL COUNSEL MIKE MEEHAN.

Meehan introduced the special guest speaker LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, who reminded the crowd of the importance of reelecting Gov. Tom Corbett this November. He specifically mentioned the erroneous political ads aired by Corbett’s opponent businessman TOM WOLF that Corbett cut funding for education.

The Governor who cut state funding of education was ED RENDELL. In fiscal 2008-2009 state education funding was $9.1 billion. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, state funding of education was cut to $8.7 and $8.6 respectively. Yes overall funding in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 was higher than in 2008-2009, but this

ENJOYING annual Billy Meehan Clambake picnic were over 500, including Dennis Kelly, Tom Matkowski, Mary Ryan, Diane Charlton and Shawn Dillon.

ENJOYING annual Billy Meehan Clambake picnic were over 500, including Dennis Kelly, Tom Matkowski, Mary Ryan, Diane Charlton and Shawn Dillon.

was owing to stimulus funding that spanned the two years at a total of $1.7 billion. Corbett did not have the luxury of this stimulus funding for his first budget (2011-2012) and he had the added burden of digging us out of the $4.2 billion deficit that Rendell left him.

Yet Corbett increased state funding in 2011-2012 to $9.1 billion. In the most-recent budget, education funding was the highest in the Commonwealth’s history at $9.8 billion. I guess the Democrats and the teachers’ unions are firm believers in “not letting the facts get in the way of a good story”. It is a shame that the mainstream media are complicit in this charade.

Cawley was followed on the stage by our 2014 Philadelphia candidates who were introduced by RRC EXEC. DIR. JOE DeFELICE. US Congressional candidates MEGAN RATH (PA-1), ARMOND JAMES (PA-2) and DEE ADCOCK (PA-13) addressed the

RANDY ROBINSON, LEFT, shares moment with Gary Cobb, Ella Butcher and Dorrance Singleton. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

RANDY ROBINSON, LEFT, shares moment with Gary Cobb, Ella Butcher and Dorrance Singleton. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

crowd. Two state House of Representative candidates, MIKE TOMLINSON (Dist. 173) and BILL POUNDS (Dist. 194), also spoke.

Pounds is running in a redrawn district seat. The seat in my opinion is competitive for a Republican, especially considering that he is running against incumbent PAM DeLISSIO, who has gotten some bad media owing to a number of missteps including claiming a homestead exemption (and thus claiming it as her primary residence) for her Harrisburg home.

DeFelice also introduced current City COUNCILMEN BRIAN O’NEILL, DAVID OH and DENNY O’BRIEN, as well as our candidate in the May special election for City Council, MATT WOLFE.

ANNIE Havey hangs on to Jennifer McCusker and Gary Feldman for breather, after making sure some food items were on proper display.

ANNIE Havey hangs on to Jennifer McCusker and Gary Feldman for breather, after making sure some food items were on proper display.

When you think that the IRS scandal could not get any worse we find out that LOIS LERNER’S government supplied Blackberry was wiped clean after the US House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee started to investigate the issue. Lerner headed the IRS department that allegedly targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny when applying for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 statuses.

First, Lerner takes the Fifth after giving a statement before the House Oversight Committee in respect to this scandal. Earlier this year we found out the computer she used during the period when conservative groups were allegedly being targeted, crashed. The IRS claimed that her emails were not backed-up contrary to government policy. Some of her emails have surfaced including ones where she expressed extreme disdain for conservative causes. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, received information from the IRS that in fact her emails are backed up somewhere, but the IRS claims that retrieving them would be “too onerous.”

Judicial Watch and all of us have a right to see these emails through something called the Freedom of Information Act. The Dept. of Justice and the FBI have done nothing to help the House Oversight Committee get the information they have a right to obtain. Luckily for us, US District Court JUDGE EMMETT SULLIVAN, in response to a FOIA claim from Judicial Watch said the IRS needs to produce the emails.

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2 Responses to ELEPHANT CORNER: Meehan Clambake Was Huge Success

  1. I guess Corbett just can’t take any responsibility for anything and it’s nice to see you righties giving the worst Governor of Pennsylvania a free pass, nice one-sided biased article written by a so-called “journalist.”

    Also, if Eddie cut education during the 2008-09, why after almost four years in office, Corbett could not help education more? I like how you guys are helping Corbett to continue to blame Eddie Rendell after being out of office for almost four years.

    Jeremy
    September 14, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  2. why is it that Black Republicans always have to make themselves known by wearing some stupid political t-shirts to kind of “show off” their political affiliation like it’s something special…. Isn’t Cobb running for CD-1 in New Jersey? Why the heck is his picture on here? He should be on Fatboy Christie’s site in Jersey….

    Jeremy
    September 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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