The LuLac Edition #3199, April 27th, 2016
Since I agreed to do Morning commentary on WBRE TV Eyewitness News, it of course requires me to try to get to sleep early for a 3:30AM wake up call. That gave me the opportunity to monitor TV’s PCN, MSNBC and also WILK Radio. So as I’m shaving, I hear the WILK Election Night desk team, Nancy Kman, Steve Corbett and L.A. Tarone interview Frank Farina about his loss to Kevin Haggerty. Haggerty lost in 2014 to Farina after the district was gerrymandered.
I give credit to Farina for being on the show but on close examination, maybe he should have passed. I have no doubt Farina loves his family. At Matt Cartwright’s summer picnic last summer, his children were the best behaved kids I ever saw in public. But last night Farina referenced the love for his family as a reason for relief that he did not have to be in the office anymore. We all have jobs that take us away from our families so I’m thinking he was whistling by the graveyard on that one. Farina blasted Dave Bohman’s report on WNEP where it was revealed the lawmaker bought souvenirs for his kids out of the per diems allowed state reps. Plus he charged the Commonwealth for the free trip to Penn State.
After noted coverage by Bohman, Corbett and others the spending by Farina (and to be fair it wasn’t a lot) was all Haggerty needed to get a foothold on this race. Farina blamed the media for what one can only described as a self inflicted political wound. But his tale is cautionary since in this day of instant media, everyone is watching. Farina’s bad luck is that an Emmy winning award reporter caught it.
Farina’s exit was not pretty and was proof that there is too much money available for State Representatives. Plus the irony here is that a 112th District Representative once more blundered into a WILK staff that gave them the sword to do themselves in. Haggerty did it to himself in 2014, Farina this year.
You cannot blame the Media when all they did was ask the questions. Haggerty is back, Farina says he will move on to the private sector. We wish him well but I’m sure he knows he isn’t going to get a better gig than the one he lost on Tuesday night.