The LuLac Edition #3204, May 5th, 2016
Trump needs to build a fundraising coalition of small donors and loans. He will not get money from the GOP establishment. The GOP power brokers, love them or hate them, control the money. And General Election affairs have become billion dollar enterprises.
An example. As a kid when I was working for Hubert Humphrey in 1968, the campaign was thrilled when it hit the one million dollar mark in the last week of October. Richard Nixon had a few million more. We’re now talking about nearly a billion. Just to get started, Trump needs 235 million bucks and it should be noted he never raised money. That’s a big leap even for The Donald.
How can insurgent Donald Trump actually help a Democratic candidate for Congress in the Lu?? Especially after Trump packed The Arena and won the County by 77%? If Trump can’t get traction financially and if he keeps playing the fool voters may not take him seriously. A strong effort by Hillary Clinton as well as money raised can put Marsicano in a good position. Marsicano can attach the Trump negatives to his opponent Lou Barletta who has been steadfast in his support of Mr. Trump. With Hazleton City still paying the legal bill on Barletta’s Immigration excursion in 2006, the challenger can link Barletta to that issue. But you might think that Hillary Clinton might be a negative for Marsicano. She might. If the likeability doesn’t improve for Mrs. Clinton, Marsicano can target the Immigration issue and the unrealistic expectations it presents. He can have citizens bullet vote him on this issue. Marsicano doesn’t have to become the Statue of Liberty’s dance partner, all he needs to do is point out how much Barletta’s beliefs are still being paid by 11th District taxpayers.
Through the years I’d see him at political events. Most recently Ted helped run the campaign of former Mayoral aspirant Councilman George Brown. When Brown lost, Wampole joined the George campaign. I hope all the people who are Bernie Sanders supporters who say they’ll bolt and not vote for Clinton if they lose, look to Ted’s actions. He didn’t take his marbles and go home. He realized that the campaigns of Brown and George were not about him but about the future of the city of Wilkes Barre.
Yesterday Tony George named Wampole to succeed Greg Barrouk as City Administrator. Wampole will be an asset who can represent the city well and passionately defend it.
Years ago there was a man named Bob Wilkie who served a similar function to Mayor McLaughlin. Wilkie was irascible, sometimes combative but always had the interests of the city at heart. Wilkie passed away at a way too young age in 1988. But Ted Wampole with his education, love of the city and personality will remind many long time residents of the city of Mr. Wilkie.
We wish Ted luck in this new position. Like he did at Morgan B.Williams field in his ball playing days, he’ll knock it out of the park!
Still staying on the city of Wilkes Barre this week Mayor Tony George fired a Policeman in the city. The Policeman allegedly waved his loaded gun at other officers at the station. From I what I understand this was pretty much open and shut. But there will be a union grievance and an appeal. I have nothing but the greatest respect for Police Officers. Especially the Wilkes Barre Police. But at what point does a union make the decision not to appeal? I bet even if an Officer was killed by this prank, the union would appeal.
During the Pennsylvania primary this interesting statistic was presented. Here is the breakdown of union to non union households in the Commonwealth.
Pa Union households
With just 26% of households in Pennsylvania being union, why in the hell are politicians sooooooo afraid of them? I mean there are more non union workers than union workers. Someday a smart politician is going to figure out that if he or she gets enough non union voters to the polls, that power can be broken. The stats are there, now all we need is the will. Unions served their purpose, now sadly they are part of the political class mainly because the politician let them, by fear, become that way.
So I was amused when I heard local union official Ed Harry embracing the candidacy of Donald Trump. Every person has the right to an opinion but Harry and his union have benefited from the good graces of the Democratic Party. It was never, ever the Republicans who helped the working man. Plus if Mr. Harry thinks that Trump will be a friend of Labor or the workingman, he is deluded. Trump who wants to bring jobs back has his suits and ties made overseas. How is he going to bring job s back? If Min Matheson were alive, she’d kick Harry’s ass. And remind him that another Republican, a guy named Reagan broke a union.
Trump keeps yammering about how he’s going to bring back coal mining! Dollars to donuts I’m sure he’s working on a plan to unionize the men. NOT.
Rusty Fender joins me, and our Director Mark Migliore in welcoming Bernie McGurl to ECTV.
Live during the week of May 9th. Bernie, from the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, will be outlining plans for this year's Riverfest activities! ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired at approximately Noon, 6pm, and Midnight every day throughout the week.
This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Nikki Stone about the "Vineyards by the Viaduct" event, coming up
next Saturday at the Nicholson Carnival Grounds.
Brian speaks with actor Greg Grunberg from "Star Wars, The Force Awakens" and TV's "Heroes" and Phil Gattone from the Epilepsy Foundation about their new website, talkaboutit.org regarding Epilepsy.
Brian speaks with Luciana Musto from the Nativity Miguel School in Scranton about their Food
Truck Fundraiser, coming up on Sat June 4th at PNC Field.
And an encore of Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning interview with Krista Somers from the Alzheimers Association about their "Ales for Alz" fundraiser coming up on Thursday at the Leonard Theatre in Scranton.
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Plus 55 years ago today the first American in space made history. His name was Alan Shepard.