Thursday, October 08, 2009

The LuLac Edition #969, Oct. 8th, 2009


PHOTO INDEX: JUDGE TERESA SARMINA CANDIDATE FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE AND TINA POLACHEK GARTLEY CANDIDATE FOR LUZERNE COUNTY JUDGE, TINA AND HE DAD IN SECOND PHOTO (TERRY BEST IS TO THE RIGHT OF TINA IN BACKGROUND) AND LUZERNE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARY ANNE PETRILLA WITH POLACHEK GARTLEY AND SUSAN KOLESSAR AT PODIUM.

GARTLEY PARTY

Tina Polachek Gartley had a fundraiser at Bentley’s Wednesday night. More than 200 people attended the event. Strange thing was, at least for me, it didn’t feel like a political event. Sure politicos like Mayor Tom Leighton, Judicial candidate Bill Amesbury, Controller prospect Bob Morgan, retention Judicial candidates Burke and Olszewski, Pittston Area’s Terry Best and County Commission Chair Mary Anne Petrilla were out in full force but this was a different type of rally. This seemed to be an incubator of a changing tide in politics in this County. The regular folks seemed to outnumber the lawyers and the office holders. And in a way that is not only a tribute to the Gartley campaign but an expression of what it has been all along. Tina Gartley has run as an “everywoman” that everyone can relate to. If you have a big or little sister, that’s her. An in law, yep that’s Tina. This appeal put her through the minefield of a spring primary with a multitude of candidates. In Gartley's address to the crowd, she touched on her experience, her belief in the legal profession but more importantly her conviction that she can do the job. (Her line about handling her church bazaar was priceless. “If I can run my church’s bazaar, I can do this job” she stated”. For the uninitiated. There is more politics in a church bazaar than in an Arab-Israeli peace negotiation.) Gartley also talked about how Judges needed to serve all of the people not just the connected. After her talk, the ever gregarious candidate visited every table. Not to sound corny here but there seemed to be a certain amount of joy in this campaign. I know that’s strange to say especially given the awful beating the Judiciary has taken this year. But in the crowd, I saw hope and realistic optimism directed toward a candidate that has brightened a gloomy political horizon. The feeling conveyed was that if elected, Tina Polachek Gartley will shine that bright light on a rather cloudy Judicial picture.

PETRILLA WEIGHS IN

Mary Anne Petrilla introduced Polachek Gartlley and wasted no time taking a jab at the County GOP. Alluding to their slogan, “Elect Republicans-End Corruption” Petrilla characterized it as an insult to the good Democrats running and her efforts to clean things up under the dome. If Petrilla has anything to do with it, you can be sure the GOP will be called out frequently before Election Day.

SARMINA HERE TOO

A higher Judiciary candidate, Judge Teresa Sarmina attended the event. Sarmina is running as a Democrat for Superior Court. Currently a Common Pleas Judge in Philadelphia, she served as the Senior Deputy Attorney General in Pennsylvania from 1993-1997, was an Attorney with Pennsylvania’s Drug Strike Force in the AG’s office from 1989 to 1993 and served as an Assistant DA in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1989 under a guy named Ed Rendell. This is an important office so just as a recap, LuLac readers should know that the Pennsylvania Superior Court was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to hear appeals from certain decisions of the courts of common pleas of the Commonwealth. From time to time the legislature has expanded the Court's jurisdiction, and today it decides appeals touching almost every aspect of life and commerce in the State, including family matters, such as child custody, visitation, adoption, divorce, and support; criminal cases; matters concerning wills and estates; property disputes; and those involving damages for breach of contract or personal injury. Judges of the Court are also responsible for hearing applications made by the Attorney General and district attorneys under the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act. The Superior Court is often the final arbiter of legal disputes in Pennsylvania. Judge Sarmina’s web address is www.SarminaForSuperiorCourt.com.

WHERE WERE THEY?

Know what I find interesting? That at Gartley’s party I only saw two of the other Judicial candidates from the Spring primary. The aforementioned Bill Amesbury and Thomas Marsillio. As far as the others who opposed Gartley, none. Not reading anything into it, just an observation.

WILK TALKERS...

On WVIA TV's "State of Pennsylvania" tonight at 7PM. Sue Henry, Steve Corbett, Kevin Lynn and Nancy Kman on both WVIA TV and WILK Radio.

27 Comments:

At 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Petrilla wants a fight (and the GOP has their act together, which is still to be seen), she'll keep taking jabs at the Republicans over corruption.

She totally abdicated her responsibility to do her job as controller, instead spending two years sucking up to and acting like Skrep's lapdog to get elected. She put her personal ambition above the County good, and you know she'll do it again.

How much further along would this "cleanup" be if she actually did the job for which she was elected instead of weaseling her way around and into the bigger office suite across the rotunda?

Petrilla a reformer who wants to lecture the GOP? Don't make me laugh.

 
At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yonk, you're right about this campaign. this is not the usual backslapping atta boy effort. i can't put my finger on it but everytime i see that woman and her band of supporters, i suddenlly feel better about the county's prospects.

 
At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey 736AM.....don't blame petrilla. she was trying to get acclimated to her job. hindsight is always 20/20. let's not dwell on what could'vw been but what is now. she has taken on a whole lot of tasks that no man, i repeat no man has ever even attempted. if she is the lapdog you claim, she'd be going along with things. she's not. she's making the very hard choices. now. that's what counts.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone familiar with Tina knows for certain that she would NEVER deny adolescents their right to representation, or send them away to unnecessary detention. The "joy" you sense among her supporters is their trust that Tina will neither be corrupted by nor abuse the power of the bench.
This hunger for candidates with integrity is something not yet understood or accepted by the old boys who were MIA at last night's event.

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy Yonk you're right. You never know where your posters are going to go on this thing. You do a review on Tina Gartley, mention Petrilla and you get postings on the second add on to your writing. Well on Petrilla, most women, hell most men go with the program when first elected because they are new. But most people stay with the program and never veer away. Petrilla did! Thank your lucky stars for it 7:36AM and as Mike and Mike say, "Just Shut Up."

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must tell you that I met Tina on the trail early on and was very impressed. Dick Hughes is a good and decent man but I have to go with Tina and Bill Amesbury. They are above party politics if you ask me.

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

Thanks for the heads up on WVIA, I set the dvr for the state of Pa every week, but I won't be tonight, no need to waste space on my machine.

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that tina is a cutie!! wow!!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Thanks for the heads up on WVIA, I set the dvr for the state of Pa every week, but I won't be tonight, no need to waste space on my machine.
YOU GUYS, C'MON!!!!!
that tina is a cutie!! wow!!
I'M SURE SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE MORE THAN FLATTERED WITH YOUR COMPLIMENT. BUT LET'S STAY ON FOCUS HERE OKAY HERBIE??? IT'S A JUDICIAL RACE, NOT A HIGH SCHOOL POPULARITY CONTEST WHERE ARCHIE IS THE CAMPAIGN MANAGER AND SHE'S RUNNING AGAINST BETTY AND VERONICA!

 
At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for years we vote on candidates and issues and many other certain qualifications... Look wtf we got? I am voting for Tina cause she is a cutie! And I am sure she really won't care the reason, as long as her vote total is high enough to get a robe>

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Sabrina McLaughlin said...

Hi David,

Thank you so much for your very nice review of the Tina Polachek Gartley event at Bentley's last night. You are quite right in your observation that Tina's campaign is a "joyous" one (liked that description!), and that is due to the positive attitude of the good folks working with her, and above all a credit to the energy and dedication of the candidate herself--she is quite the inspiration to us all!

I did want to note however, that we did have some other former candidates from the primary present last night, in addition to Bill Amesbury and Tom Marsilio--Jennifer Rogers was in attendance, as was Megan Kennedy representing her husband Joe Sklarosky. There were also several other elected officials who attended, in addition to the folks that you recognized in your post: Dottie Stankovic, Register of Wills; Gale Conrad, Plymouth Twp. Supervisor; Paul Czapracki, Newport Twp. Commissioner; John Zyla, Newport Twp. Commissioner; Mark Bufalino, Luzerne Cty. Democratic Party Chair; and Steve Hahn, of Hazleton Area School Board.

 
At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are they gonna simulcast that trash on WILK at 7pm? if so I am gonna miss an hour of enteraining Mikey Savage..... Think I will go to a movie f--- WILK's blowhards...

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya know if they have Nancy in a short skirt and tight fitting outfit, maybe i would tune in!!!

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger femaile said...

Finally a reason why Kevin Lynn has ever had sex with a woman!! Women are no longer attracted to real men. I am so glad I have never taken the pill, give me a masculine male any day!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1218808/Contraceptive-pill-women-attracted-masculine-men--interested-boyish-looks.html

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
Jennifer Rogers was in attendance, as was Megan Kennedy representing her husband Joe Sklarosky.
YOU KNOW I THOUGHT I SAW ATTORNEY ROGERS THERE BUT I WASN'T 100% SURE. THE WOMAN I SAW HAD LIGHTER HAIR AND THAT'S WHAT STOPPED ME FROM SEEKING HER OUT AND NOTING HER ATTEBNDANCE. AND DURING THE PRIMARY I WAS USED TO SEEING MRS. SKLOROSKY PREGNANT SO THAT'S HOW I MISSED HER. SORRY 'BOUT THAT. ALL IN ALL, A GOOD CROWD.
Women are no longer attracted to real men.
NOT SPEAKING FOR ANY OTHER MAN EXCEPT MYSELF HERE BUT IN MY CASE, THANK GOD FOR THAT! I GUESS THAT RULES OUT GUYS THAT COOK TOO.
ya know if they have Nancy in a short skirt and tight fitting outfit, maybe i would tune in!
I'M SURE BILL KELLY, NANCY AND THE VERY MUSCULAR AND MANLY MR. KMAN WILL BE THRILLED TO HEAR OF YOUR DECISION.

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tina's got it, simple as that. Here comes Ms Judge! On another note, please give us a break and stop blowing Petrilla's horn. Sure she needed time to learn and being Controller wasn't good enough? I guess the learning period for the Controller's job is why she totally missed the debit card use. When all her dome buddies were going on trips, did she think they were paying for it themselves? Why didn't she ask how it was being paid and if the Treasurer's office audits were up to date, that also would have revealed the end run around the Controller's office. Whatever, Petrilla had 4 years of combined experience to learn the job and all she is doing now is hiring consultants and firing people. Now that's what I call management.
YUK!

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, you know I have no idea where the hell you're going half thhe time or who you are for. I don't think you were blowing Petrilla's horn, I just thought it was an honest response. One thing about your site is that everyone has their say but is not too nasty. Good job. Although I do question your obvious infatuation with Pope Benedict and those 64 Phillies. Isn't a good Slovak boy like you more compatable with JPII????

 
At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as Petrilla goes, when is Musto up for re-election? Setting her sights higher....

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

IN RESPONSE
As far as Petrilla goes, when is Musto up for re-election? Setting her sights higher....
MUSTO IS UP IN 2010 AND I HAVE HEARD REPORTS HE MIGHT WANT TO RETIRE. BUT HEY, MAYBE NOT. HE HAS BEEN A STATE SENATOR SINCE 1982 WHEN MARTY MURRAY RETIRED. THAT'S 28 YEARS, 7 TERMS. HE MIGHT WANT TO TRY AND BREAK MELLOW'S RECORD BUT MELLOW IS A YOUNGER MAN. AS FAR AS PETRILLA IN THAT JOB, HEY I CAN SEE THAT ALTHOUGH I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE'D MAKE A GOOD CONGRESSWOMAN.

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Attorney Rogers is smart she will get out and stump for Judge Gartley. The political alliance and increase in name recognition will help her get her own, hopefully well fitted, black robe next time out.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anon 4:50 PM said...

If Mr. Kman is so hunky he can join us. And just a note, saw the show last night, she did show her legs.
You just assumed I was a man.

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger JimboBillyBob said...

What should be an insult to Democrats running for office is the same thing that insults every single voter in our county: Rampant corruption and indictment-a-day government.

Attacking Republicans for taking a stand against corruption is perhaps the most bizarre response I could imagine at this particular point in time.

Perhaps Commissioner Petrilla is worried that voters will "throw out the baby with the bath water."

But voters have been following Luzerne County corruption in their newspapers, on TV, on the radio, and even in national and international media for quite some time now.

Voters in this county know there is no baby in that tub, just murky bathwater. And the deeper you go, the dirtier it gets.

When people vote this November, the only question they have to ask themselves is: "Have I had enough?"

We are on the cusp of real change in Luzerne County. Our best days lie ahead, and the first step toward a brighter future ...a future of promise, begins with turning our backs on corruption.

Vote Republican.

Let's restore greatness to Luzerne County.

James M. O'Meara, Sr.

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this doesn't wake up the object of your man crush, Kevin Lynn, concerning the Shiv, then he is either blind or worse. Mr. Lynn loves to state he believes in facts. Well numbers don't lie:

http://www.timesleader.com/news/Juvie_cost_falling_on_new_policy_10-11-2009.html

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 902AM.....Yonki has a man crush. Not on Kevin Lynn but HIMSELF!!!!!!!!

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

Mr. O'Meara,
If you think you are on the cusp of real change I applaud the meds you are on. Really, nothing up there will ever change.
Corruption is not a party characteristic, it is a personality charactersitic.
I am trying to think if I have ever heard of corupt republican.
Hmmmm Mr. Yonki can you help?
Nixon, Foley, DeLay, Sherwood, McDade.
And let's not forget the party big wigs in luzene county, check donations in the past see how many gave to Dems. Especially one guy who ran for congress has an R but was giving money to Kanjo against fellow republicans.
Are you as old as your picture? That would explain the naiveté.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger JimboBillyBob said...

A response to Anonymous 2:58...

...I am powered solely by caffeine.

I believe things in Luzerne County will change and change for the better, and that the change will come by way of a resurgent Republican party.

Am I naive?

If believing real change is possible makes me naive, please color me naive with the biggest possible brush. Use a roller, in fact. Aw, heck, just airbrush me.

And yes, corruption is a weakness of the individual. But this county is running a clinic in corruption. I believe the rebirth of the GOP in Luzerne county will finally give voters a viable option for change.

I simply refuse to believe that "Nothing will ever change up here."

Margaret Mead said: "...never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Well, if a few people can change the world, than change can come to Luzerne County as well.

As to the picture, I almost stopped using it last year (yes I'm a wee bit older than the photo suggests). But someone wrote me and said they liked the picture because I looked so optimistic at that age (2nd grade). I think a little more optimism is good for all of us. Wouldn't you agree?

And besides, current photos of me at age 51 frighten small children.

James O'Meara, Sr.

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger femaile said...

After listening to Kevin this morning I am more convinced I am right about the above article. Though I wouldn't call him a wimp. Sissy is more accurate.

 

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