The LuLac Edition #2033, April 23rd, 2012
I have been writing and publishing this blog/site since May of 2006. During that time, more than 350,000 people have visited this site every year. In a week, LuLac reaches roughly 3,000 people. I have written more than 2034 editions which are like little newscasts or newspapers for readers to seek out every day. In response to those editions, more than 13,020 have submitted comments, 12,000 people have had their comments posted. In all that time, LuLac has never offered an endorsement for any candidate. There have been very good friends of mine who have run for office. There have been people who have offered to pay me something for an endorsement. Others have asked politely. But to date, I have never used Lulac as an endorser of candidates. The reason why is even though I have strong (some say misguided and mean spirited) opinions, I always wanted to keep LuLac out of the arena of picking and choosing candidates. My job is to try to give you the facts and my opinion, your job, is to study the many pages of opinion sand then act accordingly. I was not going to endorse anyone until I came home today and got a phone message from State Senator John Yudichak. Yudichak is a guy I respect and like. His message however was not what I wanted to hear. He asked that my family vote for “our friend” Tim Holden for Congress. I realize this is a robo call and Yudichak needed to do what he needed to do. But this “our friend” lingo set me off. Tim Holden is not “our friend”. Friends don’t breeze into a new neighborhood and then blow back out again after a few rounds of drinks and a few pats on the back. Friends don’t refuse to debate legitimate opponents. That is an insult to the process. Friends don’t vote against a landmark piece of legislation that helps people with pre existing medical conditions, puts unemployed students and young people on their parents health plan for a bit longer and friends certainly don’t let people they care about file for bankruptcy because of medical bills. Friends put their political profiles in courage first, then their political career second. Not our friend Tim Holden though. Friends don’t be just one or two of a few Democrats who voted voted for the "Halliburton loophole" that lets hydrofracking companies pollute our water. Friends don’t vote to keep the Bush tax breaks that only benefit the 1%. Friends don’t resort to desperate, last-minute smears to try to save their job. The Democratic party has morphed into a type of middle of the road entity that has forgotten what being a Democrat is all about. We have people in Congress who would rather fight for the middle, safe ground instead of what they truly believe in. They fight for the corporations and big labor and not the people who desperately need a leg up. In the 17th Congressional District, we need to send a message to the Tom Corbett Republicans who gerrymandered this district as well as the Republicans in Washington who have blocked virtually every proposal of this African American Democratic President. We need to tell them that Tim Holden, like them, is not our friend. We need to tell them we don’t need any more friends who are going to screw the middle class out of what little they have left. Maybe in another place and another time, Tim Holden might have been acceptable. But there is a war on average Americans. In this new 17th, we have anemic Chambers of Commerce, we have high unemployment out of control, we have people hurting and hungry. To add insult to injury, we also have a government that wants to take away any safety net for the citizens that they inflicted this damage on. In this year, in this new century, in this time when the GOP is doing everything it can to put the final nail in the middle class coffin, Tim Holden might say he’s our friend, but not the type I’d want in a war or street fight. For that reason, and that reason alone, I urge every Democrat to vote for Matt Cartwright. He understands what it is to be a Democrat, not a blue dog, not a get along to go along type but a full blooded Democrat that will fight for us the way FDR, Harry Truman, John and Bobby Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson fought for us. LuLac endorses Matt Cartwright. Time on the middle class is running out. We need ass kickers in Congress, not “friends”.
WILK/FOX 56 ELECTION MORNING
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VINSKO ON TOUR
Election Day 11th District Tour Bill Vinsko, Democratic Candidate for Congress, will be traveling throughout the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, on Election Day, tomorrow, APRIL 24, 2012 for an Election Day 11th District Tour. Come have Breakfast with Bill at Biscotti Coffee Bar Café, 300 North Earl Street, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. You can meet the candidate before you vote! Bill will then tour the 11th Congressional District going to various locations in the following counties: Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, Carbon, Wyoming and then Luzerne. Follow the 11th District Tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vinskoforcongress. Bill and his wife Paula will be voting at Kistler Elementary School, Wilkes-Barre at 3:00 PM. After the polls close, Vinsko for Congress will be hosting an Election Night Thank-You Celebration at the American Legion, 23 West Broad Street, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania starting at 8:30 PM until 1:00 AM. Bill's family, friends, supporters and all residents of the 11th Congressional District are welcome to attend! If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Brian Vinsko at 570.817.9579 or the Campaign Office at 570.970.VOTE (8683).