Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The LuLac Edition #1001, Nov. 10th, 2009



Mayor Chris Doherty is apparently in with both feet for the Governor of Pennsylvania. Doherty is set to make an announcement Tuesday. The mayor will officially launch his campaign Tuesday with a noon news conference in the 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue, home to developer Don Rinaldi's "The Renaissance at 500" project of retail shops and residential condominiums. Doherty joins a Democratic race that includes four other contenders, former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Hoeffel, now a Montgomery County commissioner, Philadelphia businessman Tom Knox, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and state Auditor General Jack Wagner. Doherty has hired a pretty impressive staff that has national credentials. There is speculation that Doherty might be angling for a second place on the ticket as Ltn. Governor but if he were to do that, he’d have to relinquish his bid for the top spot early. Doherty is running in a field that has yet to distinguish itself with a front runner. His early start will give political pundits across the state to take the measure of the man and see if he can compete in the big leagues statewide. Doherty has had national exposure on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Show “Countdown” and can handle himself well on TV. Plus he has that mansion where he could hold some pretty nifty fundraisers.


When you work at a job in a city or town, you rarely get to see the Mayor on a daily basis. Not so if you were employed in Dupont. When I worked for Cable Rep Advertising in 2000 I regularly saw the Mayor of Dupont almost every day. Cable Rep was housed in a former dress factory in the little town and I saw the Mayor George Legezdh on the street visiting neighbors, supervising the snow or garbage removal or touting his devotion to the cause of veterans. Legezdh died on Sunday. He was 82. Beyond his hometown, Legezdh dedicated his life to military veterans. He joined the Navy after his brother was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and he served in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1946.A life member of AMVETS Post 189, he organized a group “honor guard” to provide military honors at hundreds of veterans’ funerals throughout the tri-state region. It is ironic that as we close in on Veteran’s Day, the Mayor and champion of the vets passed away so close to the holiday. He will be missed.


Sen. Lieberman plans to join with Republicans to filibuster any health care bill that contains a public option. Alone, the Republicans don't have the votes for a filibuster. So by joining with them, Lieberman would be tipping the balance of power in order to sink health care reform. We need to push the leaders of the Democratic caucus to take a tough stand against Lieberman. Last year, the New York Times quoted an anonymous "member of the Senate Democratic leadership" who said about Lieberman: "We need every vote. He's with us on everything but the war."
But now Joe Lieberman has announced that he will support the filibuster of any for a health care bill that contains the public option. He justifies this position by saying that a government-run health insurance option will cost taxpayers and increase the National Debt even though the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts $100 billion in savings thanks to the public option. He further claims that his position is what is best for his constituents, even though polling in Connecticut shows that among likely voters 68 percent favor a public option, while only 21 percent oppose it. Now is the time for Senate Democratic leadership -- Senators Reid, Schumer, and Durbin -- to stop making excuses for Joe Lieberman. Harry Reid has shown great leadership in writing a health care bill that includes the public option. But Joe Lieberman is not "with us" on everything but the war. Joe Lieberman's position is against Senate Democrats, against his constituents in Connecticut and against the will of the American public. Actions must have consequences. Any senator who filibusters the public option does not deserve a chairmanship and should be removed from his or her post.
Here's the Senator on Fox News which I'm sure fanned the flames:


At 12:35 AM, Blogger Wil Toole said...

Mayor Legezdh an outstanding citizen and public servant. He lost his wife just a very short time ago and now joins her. He gave much more than he got and was a true public servant.
Pleae don't be hard on poor Sen Joe Liberman, a friend told me earlier today that there are more insurance companies located in his shome state of CT than any other state. Follow the $$$$$$.
Is O'Brien a serious Congressional candidate? He was going door to door in Pittston on Sunday. He knocked on my son's door in the George St/Carroll St neighborhood. He impressed people in the neighborhood and convinced them that he was a serious candidate and one that is willing to serve. Kanjo had better watch his tail, O'B is on his way.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Joe Liebermann had ever distinguished himself in and way
we could call him Benedict Arnold!
Arnold was a courageous soldier at one time. Liebermann was not! The problem is the total wussiness of the lack of leadership on the part of the Dems. Droll Joe needed to be striped of seats on any committee let alone a chairmanship.
He does not represent the people of his state or the country. He simply likes the attention.

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can pick up an odor in the Lac
and soon scandal of some sort will break! As predicted Corey Obrien is planning to move on but not before he announces how pleased he is with a bad deal for the people re Healthcare or the lack of at the Jail. The peoples right to information is in question here and denial leads to the kind of situation you have in Luzerne County. Obrien is and always was out for himself. Washo has vanished and County Government is little better than in the past albeit somewhat more honest. Look out Lac the foxes are still in the henhouse!

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lieberman is not a democrat correct? I thought he was an independent. Did the Dems kind of **** (edited) him up the *** (edited) without lubricant

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a registered Independent I move that we throw Ol Joe out of our no party party!

At 2:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'd like to start by saying that although I may not post, I do read your blog regularly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Lieberman is nothing short of a traitor to the Democratic Party and should be ostracized from the Caucus. After having had the honor of being the #2 man on the Democratic ticket in 2000 Mr.Lieberman had the audacity to speek in support of the Republican nominee in 2008 at the Republican National Convention. The President was foolish for allowing the Democratic Caucus to let Lieberman keep his gavel of Homeland Security. That should have been just the start of the punishment Senate Democrats payed to Lieberman. The senior Senator from Connecticut should have stood up at the first Democratic Caucus before the starts of the 111th Congress and proposed action to read Lieberman out of the Caucus altogether. He has proven time and again in this Session that he does not support the Party's agenda and only serves to derail it's potential legislative success.

I am a firm believer in having a Big Tent. I would encourage the Party to invite people with a wide variety of ideologies and ideas into that Tent as long as they had the best interests of the Party at heart and worked toward our common goals. Mr. Lieberman is no longer a member of the Party by registration and by action. He is a conninving animal that seeks to sabotage the Party and watch our Big Tent implode. If Sen. Reid is politically astute he will make sure that Sen. Lieberman never steps foot in the Democratic Caucus room again.


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