POLS ON THE STREET: In Politics, Never Make a Claim You Can’t Back Up!

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by Joe Shaheeli

PRESIDENT Barack Obama and national and state labor leaders made Phila. a key rallying point for get-out-the-vote efforts for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this week. Obama addressed a huge crowd on Eakins Oval Tuesday. Photo by Wendell Douglas

PRESIDENT Barack Obama and national and state labor leaders made Phila. a key rallying point for get-out-the-vote efforts for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this week. Obama addressed a huge crowd on Eakins Oval Tuesday. Photo by Wendell Douglas

Long-surviving elected office-holders know: Never make a claim you can’t back up. That’s truer even today when those running for office make the mistake of doing so in their television ads.

That seems to have happened to Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania 8th Dist. congressional seat. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) has made several claims in his television commercials. We won’t list them all, but his GOP opponent Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign team is already all over him.

They charge his claim of turning down the perk of a state car was misleading. They say he failed to mention he chose the alternative, using his own car and being reimbursed for his gasoline receipts. The state did pay him $24,689 for mileage.

Santarsiero touts legislative victories as a Harrisburg politician, failing to mention bills of which he was the prime sponsor that never made it into law.

With a district seat that could go either way, why would he make mistakes like that? If the Republican claims are not correct, he can call us and explain why they are wrong.

Why No Philadelphian Among Trump Women?

LOCAL 22 Firefighter/Medic Recognition Day was commemorated at Firefighters’ Hall in Northern Liberties on Sep. 11. Commissioner Adam Thiel acknowledges State Reps. Frank Farry and Mike O’Brien for their work in securing equitable state coverage for EMTs as well as firefighters for medical conditions incurred during service.

LOCAL 22 Firefighter/Medic Recognition Day was commemorated at Firefighters’ Hall in Northern Liberties on Sep. 11. Commissioner Adam Thiel acknowledges State Reps. Frank Farry and Mike O’Brien for their work in securing equitable state coverage for EMTs as well as firefighters for medical conditions incurred during service.

Pennsylvania GOP Republican National Committeewoman Christine Toretti and Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women President Mary Barket announced the Women for Trump PA Statewide Leadership Team.

Toretti said, “Our group of more than 45 Statewide Leadership Team members consists of accomplished women from across Pennsylvania. They include state senators, state representatives, county commissioners, and business and community leaders who are ready for change in Washington. Our Leadership Team will get to work to bring our women-led effort to every community in our state.”

Barket said, “These ladies come from all different backgrounds and life.”

We question why no one from Philly was tapped. We have a host of GOP ladies who could easily be chosen. Is this also a sign Trump folks may be giving up on Philly?

MARJORIE MARGOLIES hosted a fundraising event for Democratic congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis. Seen here are Joe Foster, chairman, Montgomery County Democratic Committee; Balchunis; and Margolies, a former congresswoman. Photo by Bonnie Squires

MARJORIE MARGOLIES hosted a fundraising event for Democratic congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis. Seen here are Joe Foster, chairman, Montgomery County Democratic Committee; Balchunis; and Margolies, a former congresswoman. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican Donald Trump in Pennsylvania narrowed to five percentage points, down from her 10-percentage-point lead in early August, putting the Keystone State “back in play,” according to Quinnipiac University’s latest swing state presidential polls. Which explains why Hillary and President Obama scheduled a stop Tuesday at Eakins Oval to rally the seasoned door-knockers and the Democratic leadership. Voter turnout here will be key to winning or losing the state.

If Voit Wins, He Won’t Use Office as Step up

Otto Voit is hoping to convince people to vote for him as state treasurer this November. He says he’ll stay put in that office as long as he is re-elected to it and won’t use the office to promote himself into a higher office as has been done by previous office holders for that position.

But he knows he has an uphill battle, especially since he realizes there is a big voter dropoff from those voting Nov. 8 for president down to treasurer is about 23-25%. “I don’t know if they get bored or what, but 20 to 25% of the people [who vote in presidential races] don’t vote for state treasurer,” he acknowledges.

Voit has pledged not to run for another office if elected treasurer because “We need a treasurer who is going to care about this position … more than they care about themselves.”

McGinty-Toomey Duel May Lift Voter Turnout

cartoonThe US Senate race in Pennsylvania is tight and could go down to the wire, according to pollsters at Quinnipiac University.

The latest poll shows Republican US Sen. Pat Toomey edging Democrat Katie McGinty 46-45%. McGinty led Toomey 47-44% in last month’s poll. That’s a reflection of new polling which shows Trump a point ahead of Clinton in the state as of today.

The intensity of their campaign, as waged on television anyway, will probably show the winner grabbed the brass ring without the help of a presidential coattail.

Governor Wolf Loses His Dad

We extend condolences to Gov. Wolf and his family on his father’s death. William Trout Wolf, who passed away at the age of 95.

GOP Congressional Candidate Jim Jones Has Solutions Rally

MAYOR Jim Kenney emphasized the importance of a strong labor turnout for the Democratic ticket at Carpenters’ Phila. HQ on Spring Garden Street. With him are Douglas McCarron, national president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners; Carpenters’ N.E. Regional Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne; 2nd General VP Frank Spencer; and Michael Capelli, Eastern Dist. VP. Photo by Wendell Douglas

MAYOR Jim Kenney emphasized the importance of a strong labor turnout for the Democratic ticket at Carpenters’ Phila. HQ. With him are Douglas McCarron, national president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners; Carpenters’ N.E. Regional Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne; 2nd General VP Frank Spencer; and Michael Capelli, Eastern Dist. VP. Photo by Wendell Douglas

2nd Congressional Dist. candidate James Jones is hosting a “solutions rally” to address poverty and violence this evening at Berean Baptist Church, 2425 W. Indiana Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Jones will discuss solutions never before heard to make communities better through “Project 414,” which is intended to create more than 5,000 new jobs immediately.

Scheduled to join him will be US Sen. Pat Toomey; State Sen. John Rafferty (attorney general candidate); John Brown (state auditor general candidate); West Philly’s NBA superstar Gene Banks; and Hope Sullivan, daughter of Rev. Leon Sullivan.

Jones will explain Project 414 and how it will lead communities to work together and to bring about real solutions against crime and poverty.

For All Our Door-Knockers

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminds Pennsylvanians there is one month until the voter-registration deadline for the November election. He encouraged applicants to use the state’s online voter registration system. Eligible citizens have until Tuesday, Oct. 11, to apply for a new voter registration or make changes to their existing registration.

COUNCILMAN Derek Green held an elegant fundraiser at the historic Johnson House in N.W. Phila. as always in the center of political action in Phila. were Greg Davis, State Rep. hopeful Isabella Fitzgerald, Green and Lewis Roberts. Photo by Wendell Douglas

COUNCILMAN Derek Green held an elegant fundraiser at the historic Johnson House in N.W. Phila. as always in the center of political action in Phila. were Greg Davis, State Rep. hopeful Isabella Fitzgerald, Green and Lewis Roberts. Photo by Wendell Douglas

The online registration site can be found at register.votesPA.com. Applications for a new registration, or a change of name, address or party affiliation must be submitted online by midnight on Oct. 11. Traditional paper registration applications must be postmarked no later than that date.

Eligible Pennsylvanians may also use Text2Vote, a new voter registration text-messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone. The user will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter-registration application. Also included are links to check voter-registration status, locate your polling place and find contact information for county offices and the Dept. of State.

Voters planning to vote by absentee ballot are advised to pay close attention to important deadlines. Although the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1, the voted ballots must be received by the county election office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

Due to the three-day timeframe and cutbacks in service by the US Postal Service, voters are strongly urged to mail their absentee ballot request no later than Oct. 21, two weeks before the voted ballot must be received by the county office, which for us is City Commissioners’ at City Hall.

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