Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The LuLac Edition #981, Oct. 21st, 2009



Ever hear of Football Night in America? How about debate week in Wilkes Barre. Next week starting on Monday Luzerne County residents can have three informational opportunities to meet and greet the candidates. Here’s the schedule:
Monday Oct. 26th 7PM: Bentley’s, Luzerne County Controller’s Debate/Forum. Sponsor: The LuLac Political Letter.
Tuesday Oct. 27th, 8PM on WVIA TV, a debate forum with the three candidates in the race for Judge of Common Pleas Luzerne County. See it live on TV44.
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 7PM at King’s College, second floor Student Center, row officers Forum.
Three days in a row voters will have the opportunity to hear and see the candidates up close just days before the election. Take advantage of this because it is free and open to the public.


With Luzerne County Courthouse as a backdrop, Republican candidates Walter Griffith and Gina Nevenglosky on Wednesday signed a “Contract With Luzerne County” that promises to reform the way the county row offices are run. Griffith, who is running for Controller, and Nevenglosky, candidate for Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphan’s Court, were joined by Minority Commissioner Stephen A. Urban and GOP officials on the steps of the courthouse.
The concept, borrowed from the Republican Party’s 1994 Contract With America, is an issue that is not solely Republican, Democratic, conservative or liberal, said Executive Director Renita Fennick.
“It is a good-government issue,” she said. “That’s what we all want. That’s what we deserve.” Fennick spoke on behalf of Griffith, Nevenglosky and Carolee Medico Olenginski, the Republican candidate for Prothonotary, and read a statement from Luzerne County judicial candidate Richard Hughes who missed the press conference because he was home with a sick child. She also urged voters to retain Judge Thomas Burke to the county Court of Common Pleas. County Chairman Terry Casey was out of town on business and Olenginski could not make the event. Casey, in a prepared statement, said: “The people of Luzerne County are searching for leaders that can bring the principles of honesty, ethics, accountability, reform and transparency back to a government that has failed them. By pledging to follow the standards listed in the ‘Contract With Luzerne County,’ our Republican candidates are stepping up to the plate and demonstrating exactly why they are ready to move Luzerne County past the corruption scandals of the past.” This is a pretty good way to demonstrate the serious stance the local GOP is taking in trying to reclaim the row offices. However that said this is not the first time Carolee Medicco Olinginski has been absent from GOP ticket events. The word on the street is that there are the local Republicans and the Carolee Republicans. Other GOpers in the past have stayed away from party function by building coalitions in both parties. Frank Trinisewski and Steve Yanoshak come to mind. It will be interesting to see who has the stronger coat tails on Electinion Day, the local GOP or Carolee.


In 1994, the Republican Party drafted a Contract With America that promised fiscal responsibility, accountability, reform and transparency in the federal government.
Americans loved it.
Because it was all about simple, common-sense principles. The idea appealed to people of all political affiliations, and all viewpoints.
Its focal point was to “restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives.”
That is what we offer you today on the county level. This is not a Republican issue nor a Democratic one. It is not conservative. It is not liberal.
It is a good-government issue. That’s what we all want. That’s what we all deserve.
The premise can be traced to the most basic of human values and ideals: Honesty, Ethics, Accountability, Reform, Transparency.
That is what we offer to you on Nov. 3.
We ask that you look beyond philosophical ideas and beyond party lines and support the candidates who will restore accountability to county government.
It doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat or Independent. Our slate of candidates promises to serve all residents with honor, ethics, integrity and fairness.
We ask that you support:
Richard Hughes for Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas;
Walter Griffith for County Controller
Carolee Medico Olenginski for Prothonotary
Gina Nevenglosky for Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphan’s Court.
Judge Thomas Burke who is seeking retention to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.


At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it's not just the dems anymore. Spinosa is a registered "R" . I wonder what Casey can say to spin this now. Granted it's a 17 to 1 split but not over just yet. Party affiliation has no bearing the evil is in the individual not the party.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger The Rockin' Traddy said...

So what exactly is this pledge they signed? The Luzerne County GOP web-site is down, and it seems no one is reporting this.

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware, lest the Contract with Luzerne County becomes the "Contract ON Luzerne County".

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beware, lest the Contract with Luzerne County becomes the "Contract ON Luzerne County".

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking news. Controller candidate Bob Morgan's web site brags that he never worked for a city or the county. I worked with Bob Morgan at the Luzerne County Human Resources Development Department (LCHRDD). We were county employees and I took advantage of the county pension early retirement opportunity five years ago and I receive a Luzerne County retirement check. In fact, Controller candidate Wil Toole also worked with me and he was president of the county AFSCME union local 1398.

Morgan took Griffith to task for making an error on his financial report and Griffith hides the fact that he had a political job with the couty. He also tries to deceive the voters by pretending to be much more than an insurance salesman with Prudential and as such had the ability to sell people retirement plans. Putting on the ace of a professional finance planner is a bit deceptive.

David, you should host a local show, "Who Can You Trust"

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So there was a lot of cocaine and sex in and around Bernie Madoff's Offices in the 70s and 80s? Wow!
What was all that money for if not drugs and sex. I wish I'd of worked there at least for a little while.

Gregory from Waverly


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