The LuLac Edition #2174, August 28th, 2012
ROMNEY NOMINATED TODAY TODAY
Republicans nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, their vote brought to an end a long primary fight and set the stage for a close contest against President Barack Obama. It was Chris Christie’s New Jersey put Romney over the top, giving him the prize that eluded him four years ago. Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination in a speech this Thursday night. Romney's former GOP competitors have given him the endorsement nod, all except Ron Paul. with the exception of Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Paul did not have enough support to have his name placed in nomination, but he got 190 votes in the roll call.Many of the Paul supporters were very upset by this and would tell anyone willing to listen that they feel the Congressman was disrespected. Romney finished with 2,061, well over the 1,144 needed to claim the nomination. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got nine votes while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer each got one each. To me, the Romney people could have thrown a bone to the Paul people. By not doing so, it gives the impression that Romney’s team is arrogant and not very inclusive.
SCOLLO STRIKESPOLITICO: FBI PROBED MARINO TRIP TO ISRAEL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2012 POLITICO: FBI Probed Marino Trip to Israel Dingman, PA – Last August, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino went on a 9-day trip to Israel with all expenses paid by the special interest group the American Israel Education Foundation, according to a recently filed U.S. House ethics disclosure form. These revelations come on the heels of Marino and his staff being caught with conflicting stories about an appropriations vote that would “eviscerate funding” to the region largest employer and cost the area hundreds of jobs. According to a POLITICO report, the FBI probed events on the trip that involved drinking, numerous freshmen lawmakers, congressional staffers and even several intoxicated members and staffer (plus a nude member of Congress) swimming in the Sea of Galilee. “This sounds more like a frat party than a respectable congressional delegation,” said Will Sharry, Phil Scollo’s campaign manager. “The people who Rep. Tom Marino represents deserve to have questions answered about this trip, starting with: why were dozens of members of Congress partying it up at a $1000/night resort in August 2011 when the U.S. unemployment rate was at 9.1% and Pennsylvania families and seniors were struggling to make ends meet?” Other questions for Marino: Was Marino or staff contacted during the FBI investigation? Did they ever received persons of interest letters? Was Marino and his staff at the dinner event in question? Were they drinking excessively at it? Did Marino or staff swim in the Sea of Galilee? How much per night were rooms they were staying in at this resort (reports were that rooms were up to $1,000/night)? Both, local and national media outlets are beginning to question the competence, seriousness and sincerity of many freshman lawmakers, including Marino, given the recent spate of bad behavior, economically crippling votes and conflicting explanations. “Tom Marino and his freshman buddies are clearly out of control and not up to the job of representing their constituents. They are looking more like college kids drunk with power and out of the house for the first time every day,” continued Scollo campaign manager Will Sharry. “The people of northeast and central Pennsylvania deserve someone who is focused on what matters to them – not someone who goes off globetrotting with special interest money while cutting the jobs that are the very lifeline of our area.” The whole POLITICO story on the FBI probe is available here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79865.html Rep. Marino’s most recent financial disclosure is here: http://scollocongress.com/home/wp-content/uploads/Marino-2012-Disclosure.pdf
Phil Scollo left Wall Street to start a small business in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He learned hard work and public service early from a New York City Fire Fighter, his father. His business, a management-consulting firm, has served all types of organizations from global corporations to small businesses and government agencies. Phil has lived in Dingman Township, Pennsylvania since 1998 with his wife, Karen. He is the proud father of three children. A summa cum laude graduate of St. John’s University, Phil holds a B.S. in Government and Politics.