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