The LuLac Edition #3371, December 8th, 2016
I heard a little bit about the piece that Newsweek was doing about Democrats in Luzerne County who voted for President Trump. I am a Democrat but there have been times that I did vote for Republicans. I did so as a private citizen who looked at the issues. I knew that Democrats in the County might vote for Trump. Many relatives of mine, all private citizens did so. I have no problem with their choices and we will respect an love each other as we always have before this election.
All that said, I was stunned when I heard that a Democratic official, a person who was duly elected as a Democratic State Committeewoman in the 80s and 90s, a person who was elected as a Luzerne County Councilperson, (running with a Democratic team!!!!) voted for Donald Trump. Everyone is entitled to their vote. God speed but let’s talk a little bit about the reasons why this long time Dem and her husband chose this path.
Full disclosure here, I’ve known Rick and Eileen Sorokas for over 30 years. I played in a Killer Bees Softball League with Rick and supported his wife when she ran for State Committee. Then when she ran for County Council, despite warnings from fellow Democrats who called her a lightweight, I promoted the ticket she ran on.
This is a hard column to write because I am astounded that both of these people did the following:
1. Turn their back on the Democratic party and its nominee.
2. Forget what the Democratic party did for them.
3. Having one elected woman knife another one in the back. That may sound harsh but that’s what your Democratic County Council WOMAN did!
4. Buy into Donald Trump’s act.
It was pointed out in the article that the Sorokas’ own three homes. So maybe they think Trump will invite them to the Towers to chat finances!
Whew! It’s one thing to have Democrats who are struggling and frustrated to go for Mike Pence's running mate. But the Sorokas’ have theirs.
It’s one thing for former Democrats to vote for Tiffany's dad like my cousin and his family did in Exeter. But he changed parties and now is active in his new party.
I understand people who are Republicans backing this guy to the hilt because this is what Republicans in this state do. The best way to describe their loyalties is the old joke that the Jesus and the Devil were running in a Luzerne County GOP primary. Jesus loses and the party bosses ask him to buy a table at the Fall Dinner to support the devil. Jesus buys two! That’s loyalty.
Who knows, maybe Eileen and Rick thought they had permission since the Democratic Chairman used to be a Republican.
But then there are the reasons.
In a video, and I’ll post the link so that you can see this incredible interview and see the reasons the duo cited.
1. Jobs. Rick said that there are not many jobs in this area. Really? Does he really think that the guy he supported is going to tick up the Luzerne county employment rate? This area has always been lacking jobs because Chamber of Commerce types have never developed them through the years.
2. Illegal Immigration. This is a classic one from the Council woman. She said in the video (and you have to turn it up because she mumbled) “Too much people coming in here that are immigrants are illegals." How does she know? Does she have a count? Again, no specifics but just “they’re coming in here!” We are all immigrants in Luzerne County. Seems to me that the immigrants coming in this time just might have the wrong complexion. Did Eileen hear her boy, Tiffany’s dad, complain about Canadian immigration or borders? Uh……………no.
What specifically have the immigrants done to the Sorokas family? Hell, maybe some of them unwittingly even voted for her.
3. Health Care. Rick starts in on health care premiums and blames The Affordable Care Act. The fact is the health insurance companies raise the rates. I’m linking up last Saturday’s LuLac so maybe this misconception is put to bed.
“I JUST DIDN’T CARE FOR HER”.
The video opens up with the two going over Barack Obama flyers from past campaigns. The interviewer never asked the question if Barack Obama thought she was good enough to be his Secretary of State and then President, why didn't Eileen and Rick?
If Matt Cartwright who supported Sorokas in a tight race in 2013, even when her event wasn’t in his district, if he could support Hillary, why couldn’t she support Clinton?
The duo says that they'll give Tiffany's dad two years and then reassess how they feel. I am sure the President Elect is losing sleep over that one.
Perhaps Harry Truman said it best, "If you want loyalty....buy a dog".
If i were the GOP party in Luzerne County, I would use this momentum and go after every single office they could in 2017 and 2019. Ron Ferrance is the new Chairman and he should know that there are no consequences in the local Democratic party. The party has become a scattered group of the political employment class that in each generation greases the skids for their offspring. The second group of people just go off the reservation because "they don't care for someone". "Good Democrats", for many, well that's a name some just use.
This Newsweek article will astound many people. Our friend Sue Henry was featured in this and was really the only piece of evidence for the national audience reading this that we aren't Hooterville! Check out union ingrate Ed Harry's part in this too.
But hey, maybe I'm over reacting. Maybe I might think that loyalty is still a virtue.
But what the hell, who knows, maybe Tiffany's dad will campaign for Eileen again if she runs. He'll do it when he opens up that new 8 Track Factory in Sweet Valley!!!
Here’s that link, read the whole thing and you might see why there are no jobs in this area.
The committee—which includes other members of Leadership, appointed members, and regionally elected members—advises the House Democratic Leadership on policy and appoints other Democratic Members of Congress to House committees.
“I am honored to accept this appointment to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Listening to the needs of working Americans and figuring out how to connect with them on our policy agenda is critical work for the Democrats, and I intend to engage in that endeavor at every opportunity,” said Rep. Cartwright. “During the 115th Congress, I plan on looking for ways to help guide our Caucus towards the right policies coupled with effective messaging.”
Both parties on Capitol Hill are currently gearing up for major policy battles in 2017.
“The 17th Congressional District is a working class district with challenges similar to those of many other areas of the Northeast and Midwest,” continued Cartwright. “I’m looking forward to bringing our northeastern Pennsylvania perspectives and values to this important committee.”
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Brian Hughes speaks with Dave Kuharchik from WBRE about Ballet Northeast's presentation of "The Nutcracker" December 16th thru the 18th at the Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.
Brian speaks with Rich Phillips, Jill Keating and her son Chance, about their "Give Chance A Chance" benefit to raise money to acquire a service dog for Chance, coming up on Wednesday Dec. 14th at POSH in Scranton.
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