Sunday, February 15, 2009

The LuLac Edition #728, Feb. 15th, 2009



Attorney C.J. Bufalino made an announcement the other day for a seat on the Luzerne County Common Pleas Court. You might recall that in Edition #720 of LuLac, we speculated that Mark Bufalino, Democratic Party Chair might also make a run. Two brothers runing for the same seat? Not likely especially with Mark Bufalino's responsibilities as Chairman of a party under siege with the recent Judicial troubles. But Getting back to C.J., he gave a very thoughtful announcement the other day that will resonate with voters when he is on the campaign trail. Bufalino said principles are one’s most important possession. “Not our cars, not our houses, not our toys or looks and not our jobs,” he said. “In this election, more than ever, the citizens of Luzerne County must insist on candidates who are qualified and who have the strength of character.” Bufalino all but said, "Hey, I don't ride on yachts!" Bufalino said he will campaign “door to door and hand to hand” to deliver his message. “Our destiny as a county depends on the choices we are about to make in this election,” he said. His door to door strategy as well as that message delivered will be a welcome sight to weary voters in Luzerne County.


Another Judicial candidate Richard Hughes is making a splash on YOU TUBE. In a video produced by local talent Scott Cannon, Hughes outlined his candidacy and his thoughts on what it means to him to be a Judge. I don't want to over work the guy, but Mr. Cannon has offered LuLac some solid advice on some of our projects. He can be reached at Scott Cannon, Video Innovations
Here's Attorney Hughes' video:


A cousin of mine told me that when she went to Mass yesterday in the Abingtons, the congregation prayed for the people of Luzerne County in their time of governmental crisis. Nice thought and action but Lincoln once said, "What is to be will be, and no prayers of ours can reverse the decree".


Renita Fennick has a new job. For more than 30 years she has been covering the scene in Luzerne County as a reporter, editor and columnist. Now she wears a new hat being named the Executive Director of the Luzerne County Republican Party. Chairman Terry Casey made the announcement the other day. Fennick accepted on Feb. 12th. YIKES!!!! Can this mean that for the first time in 50 years the Luzerne County Republican party is doing something serious about winning elections? Does this mean that the party will stand on its own and forgo alliances with the Dems that date back to the days of T. Newell Wood and Martin Murray? Murray would say, "I got the cake, the whole cake" and Wood would say, "How 'bout a slice?" and that's all he ever got. It's about time this county had a two party system. You can go into all the character flaws you want about the two departed Judges and the institutionalized corruption in the county but these things happened because there was no loyal opposition. For the most part, since the 80s I have been voting straight Republican in hopes that there would be a two party structure. Fennick and Casey have a great opportunity to make the political discourse in this County better. And when the discussion gets better, the government gets better too. We wish them both luck in this endeavor.


At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've know Renita for years. She is a diehard catholic & diehard republican, and has principles that she doesn't back off of. Hopefully she whips the local GOP into shape so we have an actual political process in the area again, although she has an uphill battle getting that goofball Urban to think of the "team" instead of himself.....

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, you are mistaken -- 50 years ago, Olin Evans, Sr. was very serious about winning elections for the GOP - the problem was the GOP controlled everything back then. But you are right that Fennick and Casey have a wonderful opportunity to make Luzerne a two-party county again - it's part of the process to have two (even three or four) parties to keep honesty and transparency in government.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are they getting money to hire an executive director??? to find out who really is in charge do as deep throat said: follow the money. republicans never change.

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does the republican party of luz county even have a web site?

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see where Fennick would be happy to advocate for Bufalino, both republicans, however,I'm sure Dad Bufalino had his sights on Mark sitting in a judge's seat. EDITED.


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