Sunday, July 19, 2009

The LuLac Edition #881, July 19th, 2009



Henry Stubbs, convicted killer wants another chance. Stubbs is acting as his own attorney filing an appeal on a double murder conviction. Judge Peter Paul Olszewski in a ruling that was much fairer than Stubbs deserved indicated that Stubbs had filed a required appeal notice before deadline, even though court officials said they did not receive the document until a few months later. The out of town thug who we are supporting in prison for the rest of his sorry ass life is serving back-to-back life sentences for killing Elena Herring, 33, and her daughter, Viktoria Ivanova, 6, To be clear, Stubbs killed the mother and then gutted the 6 year old girl like a deer. At his trial, Stubbs said he was invited into the woman’s home because she was having an affair with him. Yeah, right. And the tooth fairy is coming to see me tonight with a million bucks in a sack. Stubb’s is serving as his own attorney which brings the old adage that any person who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client to an entirely new level. Remember this, he lives and breathes while the two lives he snuffed out are gone forever. I guess there’s some garbage that just never rots.


Auditor General Jack Wagner has a solution to the budget impasse in Harrisburg. Why not go after the back taxes of Commonwealth tax cheats and use that money and penalties to make up the deficit. That makes way too much sense but that might be one reason to vote for Wagner for Governor. And on a side note here, why is it that restaurant owners who drive Jaguars and owe thousands of dollars in back taxes seem to skate around here? I heard on the street that a now defunct restaurant chain owes more than $900,000 in back taxes. How does that happen? How did it get that out of hand? This is rapidly becoming the land of no accountability.


Buzz Aldrin that old moon walker himself was featured on Shadoe Steele’s Saturday Night Live At the Oldies at 8PM on KRZ FM, 98.5. Aldrin talked to the intrepid radio host about that famous day in world history when men walked on the moon.


Summertime Soiree at the Tiki Bar for the candidacy of Margie Moyle. Here are the details:
"Margaret Bisignani Moyle for Lackawanna County Judge"
What: Fundraiser
Host: Margaret Bisignani Moyle for Lackawanna County Judge
Start Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Where: Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Social Club


That nugget, Doherty for Governor first appeared on a blog. The site, written by Dan Hirschhorn touted Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty as one of the top 5 Democratic contenders for the 2010 Governor’s race. The piece was at first met with guffaws from the traditional media but the recent movements by Doherty with State Chair T.J. Rooney seem to indicate the blogger was right on track. My personal thought on this is Doherty looked at the field including Auditor General Jack Wagner, western Pa. politico Dan Onorato and Philadelphian Tom Knox and just didn’t see anyone who stood out. Doherty is a good campaigner and has in place a dedicated, almost fanatically loyal organization. However, on the down side, will Pennsylvanians be willing to replace a two term Democratic Governor who served as a Mayor of a major city with another Mayor of a smaller city? Doherty will have to embrace and separate himself from Governor Ed all at the same time. No small feat.


4 decades ago today, the political fortunes of Senator Ted Kennedy took a dive. (Sorry for the pun). On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick, a small island connected via ferry to the town of Edgartown on the adjoining larger island of Martha's Vineyard. The party was a reunion for a group of six women, including Kopechne, known as the "boiler-room girls" who had served in his brother Robert's 1968 presidential campaign. Also present were Joseph Gargan (Ted Kennedy's cousin), Paul Markham (a school friend of Gargan's who would become United States Attorney for Massachusetts under the patronage of the Kennedys. Charles Tretter (an attorney), Raymond La Rosa and John Crimmins (Ted Kennedy's part-time driver). The next morning, July 19th, Gargan came to Kennedy's room inquiring as to Kopechne's whereabouts. It was then that Kennedy, many hours after the accident, related the story of the ill fated drive. The case came to Luzerne County when prosecutors in the Bay State wanted the body of Mary Jo Kopenche exhumed. Nearly 200 newsmen and spectators jammed into Judge Bernard Brominski's courtroom in Wilkes-Barre to hear arguments on whether Mary Jo's body should be exhumed from a nearby Larksville cemetery for an autopsy. Kennedy (wearing a neck brace) and his wife Joan also attended the funeral. Kennedy was found negligent and lost his license for a year. The damage to his political career was lasting prohibiting him from runs for President in 1972 and ’76.


At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Doherty deal is interesting. I think he looed around and said "why not me?" Your point though about another high deficit Mayor is as always right on target. The most successful candidate running away with this would be an anti-ED but so far no one seems to be identified as such.

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's get Joe Peters to run. This guy has a great personal story, gov't experience and business experience. It is time to get someone who may care more about the folks of Penna. than cronies.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to 10:20's comments. Joe Peters is smarter than most of them, can relate to people and can understand every aspect of government, from law enforcement to public administration.

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Wagner is a known commodity in the state but money might be a big problem for him as you say. Remember those Franco Harris for Senate rumors last year? How 'bout Franco for Governor?

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Commissioners from both the Lu and the Lac followed the Cordaro rules of order and met behind closed doors to discuss the situation at the stadium. The only reason the Lac would meet with the Lu would be in a search for money!
In its current situation, where would Luzerne County find excess cash? Why is Lackawanna even talking after ignoring Luzerne in all decisions? Dont fall for it. Let Lackawanna County fix its own mess. They have worked hard to create the problem and they've done it all on their own.
Meeting behind closed doors only further insults the taxpayers. Why not just put Cordaro in charge and let him complete the deal? What happened to all the answers Washo and OBrien had for everything? They have a tough act to follow, but in many ways they display the same arrogance as the previous administration.

Taylor Jack

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous The Scranton Guardian said...

Doherty should make the governor's race more interesting in Scranton, anything that sheds more light on corrupted Harrisburg is good for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Scranton, Run Doherty Run !!!

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2010 will be Wagner and Corbett at the top of the ticket. Doherty's best shot, this time around, is Lt. Gov.

Both Wagner and Corbett have been running for governor for at least ten years now, every move both men make is so made with the 2010 gubernatorial race in mind.

Peters? Not a chance, he's a complete unknown outside of select NE PA political circles, his visibility is extremely limited. Could be a fine candidate, but he'd need to spend a million on face and name alone. Coming out of obscurity and getting elected governor is a near impossibility, made even more so when those running against you are known far and wide.

Doherty is on the move, of course, because of recent developments involving Senator Mellow. Absent those developments, I say the mayor would not be ramping up as he now is. He's exploiting an opportunity, which is what politics is all about, right?

Here's one thing that might work against Doherty; his youthful appearance. Although in his early 50s, he often looks more like a guy in his late 30s. That scores big with the ladies, but not so big with voters weighing on an important statewide office.

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a question, Doherty vs. Wagner. Who does Bob Casey Junior endorse? Wagner was his running mate in the 02 primary, Doherty is his neighbor. Anyone?

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peters has run statewide before. If he starts now he can up his name recognition with limited expenditure. I know someone who can help him with that. I have made a phone call, the man said.... "I am done with politics, please do not mention my name and do not call me." He then politely said he had to return to taking care of people and hung up the phone.
I don't give up that easy. I know you read this site, I know you are a friend of Joe Peters and I know you would be able to get him elected.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how you did not put anything in about Mary Jo Kopechne. I guess when you are a Kennedy lover you don't like to point out the weakness of you corrupt, whoring family.

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casey would likely endorse neither in the primary. Although both families grew up within a couple blocks of one another, although they are both large Irish Catholic Democratic clans, although Bobby and Chris are near contemporaries, there has always been at least a minor tension between the two families. I have no particulars as to why, but they've never been sitting in the same church, in the same pew, at the same time, if you will.

BTW, Doherty and Casey are no longer neighbors. Casey calls Scranton's Hill home now, while Doherty still lives in the old 'hood, the 1700 of N. Washington in Scranton.

At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doherty's looks scores big with the ladies??? Yo moron his money scores even bigger..... He is an empty head in an empty suit that happens to contain large wads of cash that generations before him earned.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yo moron his money scores even bigger....."

Are we starting to attract the Pilchesky crowd here? If so, I for one would really rather you sorry bunch of losers stay on your own side of the street. You poison any intelligent conversation, regardless of the topic.

You name-calling boobs can now back to counting your toes and hating those who are more successful than you, or whatever it is you do while collecting that UC check.

Joe Peters is undeniably an unknown except by a relatively elite handful of locals who follow political maneuverings. His father is likely better known than he is, really. If he's going to make any kind of statewide run, he's got a long way to travel and a ton of money to raise and spend in what's a very short period of time.

Above all else, I don't know that he's interested. If he's not, talking him into it is a bad idea.

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous The Scranton Guardian said...

Margie Moyle should be the best pick for judge.

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be fear of Joe Peters out there. When you try discourage someone with serious credentials it shows a fear of that person.

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wiht Anon 3:24. What kind of state wide name does Mayor Superiority have? Peters has in fact run for state wide office. I think the nay sayers on Peters maybe Tom Corbett flunkies afraid of a major challenge in the primary.
If there is a guy who can help get Peters name recong out there call him and tell him to get on Joe to run....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous David DeCosmo said...

And as to Kennedy/Kopechne..a bit of local trivia. I was the last witness at the hearing in Luzerne County at which the District Attorney for the Southern District of Mass. attempted to have the body of Mary Jo Kopechne exhumed for an autopsy!
David DeCosmo WYOU TV (ret.)

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell you what, stop a dozen people on Public Square, Courthouse Square, Broad Street, and any Main Street in NE PA, then show them a photo of Joe Peters and one of Chris Doherty. You'll have your answer in an instant - no one knows Joe Peters. Just what statewide office did he run for, and what was his final vote count?

Peters considered a run in the 10th against Carney but very wrongly focused on Meuser as being the one to beat, all the while Hackett was taking the nomination right out from underneath Meuser. At the time, Peters circulated a rather glowing bio of himself, nowhere in which is there any mention of his being a candidate for statewide office.

Tom Corbett has no fear of Peters, his only concern is who he'll face on the D side next year, and I wouldn't bet serious money that it won't be Doherty.

Please, take none of this to mean I am a Doherty fan, but rather just someone who sees things as they really are, someone who has no agenda of my own or anyone else's.

While the presumptive D for governor is Jack Wagner, I wouldn't bet big money against Doherty, and again it comes back to face and name recognition, little of which Wagner possesses. And as auditor general, he has done nothing to distinguish himself.

While you're flashing those photos of Peters and Doherty at people, slide Wagner's in there, too. Outside of his hometown, Pittsburgh, few know who he is.

In today's political environment, 80% of the game is name and face recognition. Right or wrong, there's no denying that's how it works.

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Joe Peters got something like 2.5 million votes in 2004 Auditor Generals race. He lost to Wagner by about 300,000 votes give or take. Not bad considering how Dem PA leans and Wagner is from a considerably larger metro area.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people in W-B wouldn't be able to name either one of them. They don't give a second thought about Scranton. Hell I would bet the bulk of them couldn't pick *** EDITED and bald Tom Leighton in a photo either.

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

curious how is the mayor successful what has he achieved that his FAMILY's wealth didn't purchase him?
the one thing that may help him is that Corbett is against him. it seems people hate Corbett so much they will go for a candidate just because Corbett is against them and visa versa. EDITED FOR CONTENT his "endorsement" would hurt much more than help.

At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry i called leighton fat... okay the morbidly obese and bald Tom Leighton

At 9:12 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

sorry i called leighton fat... okay the morbidly obese and bald Tom Leighton


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