PHOTO INDEX: DEMOCRATIC COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE COREY O'BRIEN IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY, A CORRECTED VERSION OF FRED THOMPSON, THE ACTOR, FORMER SENATOR AND POSSIBLE FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT AND LACKAWANNA COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHAIRMAN ROBERT CORDARO.
O'BRIEN WRITES CORDARO
In a continuing campaign straight out of the box, Democrat Corey O'Brien's effort has raised some interesting questions for the incumbent Cordaro/Munchak team. Here's a copy of that letter in its entirety:
TO: Damon Bowen Campaign Manager Munchak-Cordaro Campaign
Dear Mr. Bowen,
Late in 2006, the county commissioners approved a taxpayer funded television campaign to air on WNEP-TV 16 under the Lackawanna Wonderful theme. The commercials feature Bob Cordaro touting the Republicans' perceived accomplishments over the last four years. These commercials are blatant political advertisements, aired during an election year. In January, the Munchak-Cordaro Committee reported that it had raised over $600,000 for the re-election of Bob Cordaro and AJ Munchak. If Bob and AJ want to tout their perceived accomplishments, they should do so using campaign funds, not tax dollars. We respectfully request that the Republican administration:
1. Release the details of production and airtime costs that the taxpayers are paying for this political propaganda;
2. Pull the advertisements from television immediately; and
3. Reimburse the taxpayers through their campaign fund for this advertising campaign which began late last year. This administration has engaged in enough wasteful spending on the backs of the taxpayers without the people bearing the burden of financing their campaign advertising budget. We knew the 48% tax hike would hurt the people, but we did not know it would also fund their campaign. While we prepare for a spirited debate on the issues during the Democratic primary, we would be remiss to allow the fleecing of taxpayers at this time.
Sincerely, Andrew Eldredge-Martin
Campaign Manager Friends of Corey O'Brien
P.S. This letter has been sent to local press contacts and posted on our campaign website.
THE BAD BEHAVIOR CONTINUES
Bad behavior still prevailed at the Scranton City Council meeting this past Thursday. It's getting to the point that if TV dial 61 is going to become a hot spot for politicos. When some of the stuff starts showing up on YOU -TUBE and other type web cams, all the hard work at promotion and image building by the Doherty administration and the Chamber nationwide will just go down the drain. Sure the "regulars" and "usual suspects" can be trying, but elected officials should not feed into the madness.