The LuLac Edition #1310, Sept. 25th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: INTERVIEW LOGO.
Former Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak went to prison a few weeks back. I had the opportunity to talk to a few political guys about the big guy’s fate. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a composite interview with more than one person.)
Q: I though Skrepenak was a good County Commissioner on the merits of seeing him discuss the county government in meetings. Was I wrong?
A: No, Skrep when he wanted to could command the facts and persuade people. The guy you saw in those meetings was prepared and engaged.
Q: Then what happened?
A: I think it had to do with the athletics if you will. I think he got bored easily. He played on a big stage and I think the county government just wasn’t that big for him. Remember when there were rumors abounding when he went to live in Plains. The talk was he wanted Kanjorski’s seat.
Q: Yeah, I remember. Was he crooked?
A: No, I think he was misguided. Not to excuse his behavior. I just think he got a lot of bad advice, bad judgement and horrible guidance.
Q: But those people who gave him that advice were people he put in place, correct?
A: Oh yes. That’s why I say there was bad judgement and bad guidance. He was at fault, no doubt. He did it to himself.
Q: Did he intend to get himself hung up?
A: No one ever intends it but I truly don’t think he ever saw the connection until…
Q: Until it was pointed out to him.
Q: Did you ever work for him?
A: No, but did vote for him.
Q: When he comes out of jail, what will happen, what will the public reaction be?
A: People scorn him now but there was a lot of built in envy here.
Q: We are an envious people.
A: You think?
Q: Oh yeah, my dad used to say, “People would rather see a hearse parked in your driveway rather than a Cadillac”.
A: (Laughs). I think he’ll come out stronger spiritually and personally than ever. He’s young, has time on his side. He’ll get another chance, not politically but personally. He was a good guy, smart guy who got bad advice.