The LuLac Edition #1282, Aug. 30th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: LOU AND PAUL: BOMBS AWAY!
BOTH SIDES NOW
They say there’s two sides to every story and last week the PR guys for Congressman Kanjorski and Mayor Barletta went at it. Here are the two sides on the issue:
ED MITCHELL’S STATEMENT
Yesterday, within minutes of Congressman Paul Kanjorski's announcement that Northeastern Pennsylvania was under consideration to be the home for the Department of State's Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC), Lou Barletta issued a press release vowing to fight against the Center, which would employ up to 1000 federal employees. "I realize that Mayor Barletta is increasingly desperate to leave behind the mess he created in Hazleton and will do almost anything to win in his third race for Congress," said Ed Mitchell, Kanjorski campaign spokesman. "But even I never thought he would stoop so low as to oppose the creation of up to one thousand solid, good-paying jobs for Northeastern Pennsylvania. Shame on Lou Barletta. "Lou Barletta is always 'Mr. No' when it comes to any jobs or progress that Congressman Kanjorski proposes. He would fit right in with the 'No' mentality of Republicans in Congress." "In his hastily drafted, incendiary press release, Barletta recklessly attempts to inflame opposition by portraying the training center as a 'military-style training camp' and a 'bomb range' that would 'put residents of this district in danger.'" "The center is nothing close to that. No one will be in danger, or even inconvenienced," said Mitchell. "In fact, the training center would employ between 850 and 1000 permanent federal employees and would annually train 10,000 students who work for Diplomatic Security, the division of the State Department that is responsible for protecting the safety of Americans overseas at U.S. Embassies and other American installations. "Aside from the jobs, there will be ancillary benefits like a boost to our hotel and restaurant businesses. "Apparently there is no limit to how low Lou Barletta will go with his dangerous demagoguery. He is even willing to oppose the American heroes who risk their lives to protect American personnel and facilities overseas. "Perhaps most disturbing is the speed with which he attacked this project; he clearly thought he could score quick political points against the Congressman without taking the time to learn anything about this project," said Mitchell. "Lou Barletta is not on our side. He's always for the status quo. No wonder Hazleton has the highest unemployment rate in the state."
Here’s Shawn Kelly’s take on it:
This morning, Ed Mitchell, campaign spokesman for Kanjorski, put out a press release. Here is the response from Mayor Lou Barletta's campaign.
If Paul Kanjorski is so concerned about jobs, why did he vote for the two biggest job-crushing bills in U.S. history, Obamacare and Cap and Trade? Why has he voted for higher taxes and fees more than 150 times, something that has cost our country millions of jobs? The best thing we can do to bring jobs to our region is fire Kanjorski from his job. There is only one candidate in this race who actually created jobs. As small business owners, Lou and his wife started a small business with nothing but $29.95 and hard work. Lou knows how great it feels to give someone his or her first job, and he knows the stress of having to make payroll each week.
Paul Kanjorski's policies have cost Northeastern Pennsylvania more than 4,500 manufacturing jobs just in the last few years. His vote for the Pelosi's healthcare bill alone cost us 100 jobs at Sallie Mae. He takes thousands of dollars from Prudential, and then watches as they layoff dozens of local workers.
The only job Kanjorski cares about protecting is his own. That is why it’s time for another “Kanjorski Empty Promises Tour.” Over the years, we have been promised an inflatable dam, renovations of the Sterling Hotel, a monorail, moving sidewalks, and everyone's favorite – water jet technology, compliments of Kanjorski's own Cornerstone Technology.
Now we are promised hybrid vehicles and anti-terrorist training camps. We need real jobs and real leadership.