The LuLac Edition #1349, Oct. 26th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: JOHN BLAKE AND FRANK SCAVO, CANDIDATES IN THE 22ND SENATORIAL DISTRICT RACE.
WHY NOT FRANK SCAVO?
They tell me this year’s election is about sending a message. We hear it from the Tea Party people, we even hear it from the establishment politicians. We here in LuLac land have a unique opportunity to send a message to Harrisburg and the career politicians. Attending the WVIA TV debate on Tuesday night, as I was listening to the two candidates, John Blake and Frank Scavo, I had the thought, “Why not Frank Scavo?
First off a few disclaimers. I agree more on the philosophy of government with John Blake than I do with Frank Scavo. I am appalled at Scavo’s take on health care in this country. I totally disagree with Frank Scavo on just about 90% of all things political. But if I were living in the 22nd district, I’d vote for Scavo. Here’s why and the reasons came out of the debate:
1. A vote for Scavo would send a very strong message to Harrisburg that things have to change. Right now, both parties want to keep the status quo. When Scavo, who won the primary called the Statewide GOP for some help, he was told, “Let’s see you win and then we’ll help you when you get here”. Exactly what does that mean? Help you with what? A bit of slush from the party caucus fund? Uh boy, you’re not one of us yet but when you get your electoral wings, we’ll give you some gas. The reluctance of a fat, loaded to the gills Republican party to help an insurgent like Scavo tells me the GOP just doesn’t want a guy like Frank to rock the boat.
2. Even though Scavo and I have ideas on why taxes are good and bad, he brought up in the debate how money should be spent and where it should not be cut, like veterans, disability and Library services. All of which have been cut by the House, Senate, and Governor’s office. All of that mind you when those institutions stayed fat and happy. Scavo also advised that he will turn down per diems and not take retirement pay. If he were running in Dauphin County they’d put him in a straight jacket!
3. Finally both candidates were asked about the toughest decision they had to make in public life. Scavo said it was quitting the Old Forge School Board as President. Blake said it was helping Boscov’s keep jobs with a bailout program in 2008. Scavo revealed that Al Boscov gave $5,000 to Blake’s primary run and $25,000 to his fall electoral bid. If Frank had that money, he’d be off running for President of Haiti with Wycleff Jean! Blake did not rebut Scavo’s facts. That exchange illustrated perfectly why the successor to Bob Mellow (and full disclosure here, Mellow wrote a beautiful letter for me after I got laid off from Blue Cross, never went to any of his outings, didn't even live in his district) needs to have no ties at all to any political party. The statewide GOP has already said they want nothing to do with Scavo until he wins and the Democrats certainly don’t want any part of him. Perhaps a Scavo victory will be hollow once he gets to Harrisburg and gets told how things are run. But this is an incredible opportunity to send to Harrisburg a modern day Mr. Smith with his only obligations to his God, his family, country, state and misguided Republican principles. But voting for Scavo would also send a huge message that people in LuLac land are not going to take it anymore. Just once, let’s try it. I feel that Scavo will be guided by what he thinks is right. One time just let loose and take a flyer on the unknown. Frank Scavo just might surprise you, like he did me.