The LuLac Edition #1607, May 22nd, 2011
The fall campaign for County Council will as you know feature 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans. However two men taking the center stage in the summer will be Libertarian candidate Tim Mullen and American independent entry Charlie Hatchko. Mullen ran a respectable race against Phyllis Mundy and Bill Goldsworthy in the 120th Legislative District. And Hatchko is rarely seen in public without his petitions in hand. Hatchko has made every one of the meetings in the spring campaign and is determined to get on that ballot. I ran into Hatchko last night at dinner and there is no quit in the man. As the parties take a well deserved break during the summer months, you are going to see Mullen and Hatchko take center stage in presenting their petitions as well as their credentials for independent runs on County Council.
There are a few candidates who last for County Council that are considering a run as a write in. Talks and meetings are currently underway and if they come to fruition, an announcement will be made. If the plan is a no go, then you’ll most likely not here any more of it. The key here is not that there are thoughts and meetings but with the fact that just a few days after the election, people in party circles are not happy with some of the choices. So much so that there are meetings going on as you read this. Plus we have been getting e mails regarding write in candidacies for some school districts that have members with no opposition for the fall.
MOLLY REPLACES MIKE
Throughout the Judicial campaign of 2011 at times when District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll made an announcement, the guy standing next t her was Assistant DA Mike Vough. I noticed this because I’m a political guy and read a lot into just about everything. With Vough winning one of the dual nominations on Tuesday you can say the Pittston attorney who has onlty lost 3 cases in his career has a leg up. So when I saw the paper on Saturday and read the story about the Domestic Violence shooting in Hanover Village, who did I spy nxt to DA Musto Carroll? Molly Hanlon Miriabito who is gong to be in a general election fight this November for the remaining seat on the Common Pleas bench. Now Hanlon Mirabito has been working on Domestic Violence cases for years and she has been an assistant DA for years too. I am not saying this photo was politically motivated or manipulative. All I’m saying is that there was a photo and as they say, “I’m just saying”………………..
The Times Leader reports that a federal judge has ruled the city of Wilkes-Barre and Mayor Tom Leighton must cover the legal fees and cost of activist Denise Carey.
Carey had waged a six year battle before winning $67,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, convincing a jury Leighton had retaliated against her for circulating a petition that opposed the closing of a fire station in the Heights section of the city. Leighton had sought $11,000 in attorney fees the city incurred fighting the petition, a move Carey argued was retaliation.
After winning the case, Carey's attorney, Cynthia Pollick filed papers seeking more than $240,000 in legal fees and other costs from the city. U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo issued a memorandum and order today awarding $187,547 in legal fees and $8,163 in costs.
Will this case become a campaign issue in the fall? Even though the city of Wilkes Barre has insurance, tax payers pay it. And given the Kadluboski lawsuits as well as this one, the fact that there are payouts are going to be a legitimate campaign issue. That is if the local GOP can mount a campaign.
JOBS JOBS JOBS??
Remember when a big grant was announced for big medical jobs in downtown Wilkes Barre a few years ago? The folks were saying the jobs would pay between $35,000 and $60,000 a year. A few of my fellow Blue Cross co workers who were laid off with me in 2009 went down for an interview. When we got there they had so many inquiries that they just took everyone’s resume at Career Link and told us they’d get back to us. Well the company started but things didn’t pan out the way people thought they would. As you know I’m an economic liberal whose readers say that I border on being a socialist. But even I know that good jobs come from private businesses. Take a look at this video: