The LuLac Edition #325, Oct. 15th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: CONGRESSMAN CHRIS CARNEY AND FAMILY, DEMOCRATIC SHERIFF CONTENDER MIKE SAVOKINAS AND FORMER TOP LAWMAN CARL ZAWATSKI.
SAVO SIGNS SWIPED
Democratic candidate for Sheriff Mike Savokinas had a lot of his campaign signs stolen over the weekend. First and foremost it is an act of theft and bad political gamesmanship. And the candidate offering a reward is a good thing. This type of petty politics borders on oppressing freedom of speech. In the 2004 election, I can't tell you the number of times I had to replace an Arlen Specter sign in my front yard. The sign was stolen numerous times and since there was no passionate uproar for the Democratic candidate that year, I can only assume it was the Pro-Life crazies stealing the sign. In no small measure it is a terrible thing and frankly you feel violated. On the other hand, Savokinas has to be flattered. His candidacy must be a threat to someone. In the 2006 election I'd drive through various neighborhoods and see stacks of Rendell signs on porches. No one took them. Same thing with representative races, they'd be sitting there on a committeeman or woman's porch and no one touched them. 100 at a pop leaning against a swing or a set of steps. It's a pain and an insult to Savokinas but you have to believe someone is running scared. And for election day, that's a good thing for Mr. Savokinas.
Chris Carney's campaign for Congress is heating up as this year ends. He's raising money, visiting the district, making his way around towns. But there seems to be chinks in the old armor. There was a fascinating letter in the Scranton Times from a former supporter that I think bears sharing with you. If this letter is representative of the core group of people who supported Carney in '06, he might have some trouble in this upcoming race. This letter reminds me of the old country and western song entitled "If You Don't Stand For Something, You'll Fall For Anything." Here it is from the Scranton Times:
AND IN LUZERNE COIUNTY...
Greg Skrepenak and the Democrats, both elected and unelected took a hit from this WB Township resident annoyed with the entire Courthouse crowd and the fact that Skrep called Steve Urban a "terrorist".
People like Hyder and Guesto are only county employees. They are bottom-feeders off appointments made by Skrepenak. As far as me being fired by the county three times, there’s a lot more to it.
Hyder, you claim you never sued the county. Well, isn’t it true you are suing the county and Commissioner Urban about revealing the $70,000 workers’ compensation settlement you received?
I was an Airborne Ranger K-75 with my Ranger team in Vietnam for 18 months with Mike Katchur from Dillsbury, Joe Kohler from Altoona, and Mike Stepanski from Pittsburgh. We were attached to the 4th division in An-Khe, Vietnam, in 1970-1971. So get your facts straight or shut your mouth.
Now, the real facts: Skrepenak, produce the records and whereabouts of the $58 million of taxpayers’ money for the juvenile detention center. Plus, what is the cost of the next two years to lease it?
Fact two: Reassessment figures. Produce the paperwork to the public. Taxpayers have that right to know. What is Guesto hiding? Commissioner Urban is your boss. He should fire you. Bring it out before the election. Is Skrepenak running scared?
Fact three: The $10,000 of taxpayer money wasted to go to Los Angeles. Hyder, where are the informative classes or lectures to police departments. What a joke.
Fact four: Hyder is looking to become warden. Check the records. How many friends did Hyder get a county job? Now, who has the facts and is telling the truth?
Please, veterans and their families, remember that Skrepenak called Commissioner Urban a terrorist. Vote Skrepenak out, along with his cronies.