The LuLac Edition #1599, May 16th, 2011
THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY
As campaign 2011 winds down, on this day before the big day, we share with you a few of the highlights and low lights of the last few months.
CANDIDATES: Anyone who puts themselves out there for public office deserves a pat on the back. Except for serving in the military, someone going before the voters and asking for support is truly an honorable thing that must be respected.
AD REVENUE: The radio, TV and Billboard advertising people are the big winners in this election cycle. Newspaper too but not as much as the aforementioned three.
NEWSPAPERS: All of the area newspapers did incredible work in trying to sort this election out. The Scranton Times Tribune did its best to cover the Lackawanna County races while in Luzerne County both the Times Leader and the Citizen Voice did a great public service with their videos, special sections and candidate editorial board interviews. In Hazleton, the Standard Speaker and WYLN TV 35 did a very good job covering a hot mayor’s race that will determine the successor to Congressman Lou Barletta.
FIRST TV AD COUNTY COUNCIL: GOP candidate Blythe Evans III.
FUNNIEST AD: Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien as Napoleon.
TALK RADIO: The Talk Radio Station of local record, WILK did its very best to make sure those who wanted to be heard were heard.
MOST CREATIVE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: The Jennifer Rogers team asking their FaceBook friends to change their profile photo and put instead a Rogers for Judge sign.
BEST MAIL PIECE: Jim Haggerty’s direct mail piece that personalizes the families he is targeting.
BEST ELECTION DAY ON LINE BANNER: Molly Hanlon Maribito's "Find Molly" banner on line pointing to where she is on the 16 candidate Judicial ballot.
BEST RETRO PIECE: Mayor Tom Leighton’s direct mail piece “The Leighton Ledger” which hearkens back to a time when candidates gave a voter a laundry list in an easy format that can be saved or carried.
WELCOME BACK: The reemergence of Gort 42 just in time for the primary.
NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING: You can’t help that but the Lackawanna County Race for Commissioner is getting down and dirty. Allegations that go back for years against Jim Wansacz at a Steelers game as well as repeated attacks on Corey O’Brien just might backfire on these two. In Luzerne County Council’s race, the negative campaigning has come by way of e mails and FaceBook postings. There has been no out and out paid media attack on any of the County Council candidates but certainly there have been rumblings.
JEFFER’S JOB: Brian Jeffers being forced to choose between his State job or running for Commissioner was totally unfair and politically motivated.
CALORIES: There’s been a lot of consumption of beer and hot dogs at the countless rallies in LuLac land. There’s going to be a lot of SlimFast sales in June. MISSED OPPORTUNITY: I just missed Judicial candidate Paula Raddick knocking at my door as she campaigned in North Wilkes Barre. She did leave a nice note though.
THE MYSTERY POLL: Earlier in the campaign a phone poll was taken on the Wilkes Barre Mayor's race. Charlotte Raup did not commission it and Tom Leighton denied any knowledge of it. The big mystery is who bought and paid for it and what were the results? Or was it someone's campaign strategy yardstick. We might never know.
If you don’t vote……you get what you get.
Here’s where we’ll be in the next few days:
Monday May 16th: Topic A: WYLN TV 35, 5:30PM and 11:30Pm on Service Electric Channel 7 Wilkes Barre.
Tuesday May 17th: WILK Morning News with Webster and Nancy on WILK and Fox TV: 7:00 to 8AM.
Tuesday May 17th: WYLN TV 35 Election Night coverage, 8pm to 11pm, Service Electric Channel 7 Wilkes Barre.
Wednesday May 18th: WILK Radio, Sue Henry Show, 9:30 AM to 10:00AM.