The LuLac Edition #334, Oct. 28th, 2007
Now this is what Luzerne County politics is all about. Never mind ads that feature chimps and monkeys, let's get down to brass tacks here. The GOP minority commissioner, a former military guy goes on a commando raid to get a document on the Juvie Detention Center that the Majority won't give him access too. So instead of meekly walking away like a Red Jones might do, Urban gets the report and starts saying some pretty interesting things. His former bud, Commissioner Greg Skrepenak, who in 2004 included Urban in on all county business starts calling him untrustworthy and a terrorist again. Skrepenak, who's heart was in the right place at the start of his term learned fast what happens when you carry the ball and not block in county politics, you become a target whether it's justified or not. And Skrep, who has put good programs on the books and been supportive of very good social service programs with county money is not taking well to be refered to as a man not in touch with the people. Urban feels the same way about his tenure too so you have a natural competitive rivalry there. That's interest enough. But the pot was sweetened when interim county Commissioner Rose Tucker said of Urban's actions that "she could just strangle him!!" Tucker, who goes back into political retirement at the end of this term really is the wild card here and can let loose with just about any comment. As my friend Shadoe Steele from KRZ says, "Hollywood couldn't make this stuff up". As the days wind down toward the election, look for this report to take center stage with allegations flying. Meanwhile, I saw Steve Urban walking his dog this morning in Parsons and just in case any potential stranglers have any ideas, FYI, it's a pretty big dog.
Mike Merritt candidate in District "E" Wilkes Barre stopped by my house Saturday afternoon. We weren't home but Mike left a flyer. Merritt told me at the King's College debate that he's going door to door to almost every house in his council district. Told me he's a little behind schedule because of his involvement with his son's fall baseball program. Merritt, a Mets fan, is making his pitch and voters are responding. He's doing politics the old fashioned way, he's asking for the vote!
Chris Doherty, mayor of Scranton not saying much about another run in 2009 for Mayor. Doherty is midway throygh his second term and has been touted for state wide office or a job with Governor Rendell's office. Doherty was up and running at 5AM suited up in navy blue suit, white starched shirt and designer tie for WBRE/WYOU's coverage of "The Office Convention" kick off friday morning.
When Ray Arellano ran for Council in District "B" as a Democrat, he made quite an impression as a newcomer to the city who wanted a seat at the policy table. Even though Ray lost his bid, he's been active in the realm of community and politics. Here's his take on the Council race going on in his district: