One of the reasons that I ran for office is that I am concerned that Mr. Kanjorski and his ilk in Congress are leading America towards its destruction. We do not need the kind of Leadership Paul Kanjorski and the San Francisco Democrats have brought us
America is not OK and neither Barack Obama nor Kanjo are the ones who anybody should trust to save our country. Kanjo and his friend Barack Obama along with Pelosi, Reid and a total crew of about 435 in one House, and 100 in the other House of Congress, are the major perpetrators. They caused the problem. Kanjo and company are not the solution.
From the beginning, I knew I could not back Kanjorski and I would vote for Lou Barletta. I gave it few days to let it settle in and then I sent out the press release endorsing Mr. Barletta. I think he is one of "we the people" and he is the only candidate with a chance of helping America. With the trouble this 111th Democratic controlled Congress brought us, I could not back any of them in good conscience. Though I am a Democrat, this time, I cannot stand with the Democratic Party.
The problems that the country faces were created by both parties for sure. The Republicans forgot that they were supposed to be fiscal conservatives when they took their turn to dip deep into the debt and deficit troth. The Democrats took something that the Reoublicans had on the verge of collapse, and the 110th congress, also Democratically controlled, tipped it over the edge. Then, they blamed hapless George Bush and the Republicans. Anybody watching knew the truth. The Democrats have never met a huge debt or deficit they did not like. Unfortunately there is no money even to borrow. Still Barack Obama and the 11th Congress continue to spend US into bankruptcy.
Though the bailouts occured on Bush's watch, the Democrats were in power for two years before Barack Obama became President. There is enough blame to go around but my party is now in control for almost four years and they have chosen not to fix it. Every day they make it worse.
This problem is so serious that party unity is the last thing on my mind. The people are on my mind. The party is a distant second. The Democrats in Congress and about 99% of the Republicans need to be thrown out. One of those Democrats to get the hook is our own Paul Kanjorski. Democrat or Republican, he must go. I may have been able to support Corey O'Brian with a little work on his part, but Paul Kanjorski is not for me. No! He's not for me! He's not for you! He's not for NEPA!, And he is not for America! If we let him back, things will get even worlse.
Paul Kanjorski celebrated a big victory May 18. He is typically not challenged in the Primary. Fifty-One percent of the Democrats (34,648) believe there are enough reasons to bring Kanjo home that they voted to do just that. Privately, when Ed Mitchell and the Kanjo machine look at these numbers they are not be very happy. The thirteen term Democrat did not win a majority of the Democrats in the Democratic Primary. That is not good. A majority of the Democratic citizens of District 11 figured it out for themselves. They know that the 13-year Congressman has been part of the problem, and their vote was to keep him out of Congress for good.
Corey O'Brien has a lot of thinking to do. During the camapign Paul Kanjorski could do no right in his eyes and O'Brien beleived that Kanjo needed to be replaced post haste. Corey O'Brien's 23,236 supporters saw that the Democratic Party's candidate this time around is against his own people, so they voted for O'Brien. Bravo for them all. When the excitement of the campaign calms down, I hope O'Brien realizes that he needs to stand with his supporters.
Kanjorski's victory over O'Brien did not make Kanjorski a better man. In his heart, O'Brien knows that. Rather than convince his supporters that he (O'Brien) was wrong when he criticized Kanjorski during the campaign, he should avoid the flip flop, and stick to his guns, and work for his supporters as they have worked for him. Publicly, so far O'Brien is for Party unity and that means he and his supporters are not in synch.
Eventually perhaps O'Brien will conclude that the people are more important than the Party and he will do the right thing and recommend that his supporters vote for Lou Barletta, the only candidate in NEPA who is for the people, not for the special interests. Lou is the only guy who can send Paul Kanjorski back home for good. That would make a lot of O'Brien and Kelly supporters happy.
If Mr. Kanjorski has a change of heart, let him confess to the people of Northeastern PA about the transgressions of his past. Let him renounce that he engaged in shameful contempt of the American people and the people of NEPA. Perhaps the people will will forgive him.
Until that day, I am 100% behind Lou Barletta and I urge those who supported my campaign efforts and those who supported Corey O'Brien to join me, and perhaps Corey in the future, in supporting Lou Barletta for Congress. Those who voted for Paul Kanjorski in this past election on May 18, won everything they hoped for but the majority. I hope that some are suffering from "buyers remorse" because they know they voted for another dose of "the same." I beseech the Kanjorski voters to reconsider their vote and do what is best for America. Time is short as the San Francisco Democrats with Pelosi in charge, and Paul Kanjorski as first Lieutenant, are on the road to bankrupting America.
I am very upbeat about the election results other than not winning, of course. I did not expect all Democrats in PA D-11 to vote for Corey O'Brien or myself. I think that there was a message today as only about 1/3 of the voters in NEPA voted for Paul Kanjorski. Fifty-one percent of the Democrats went someplace else. Counting the Republicans, close to 65% of all those that voted in DIstrict 11 voted for a big change in Washington. Not only did Mr. Kanjorski not get the backing of a majority of democrats but those clearly lined up against his candidacy . Add the Obrien and kelly total to Barletta's 28321 and you get 63069 citizens against Kanjo out of 96852 total votes cast
When there is a small turnout, many of the voters who brave the weather have another reason than the pursuit of democracy. Many have an allegiance to the machine and though I am sorry to say it, often it is a result of past patronage or the hope of future patronage. I do not think the citizens of NEPA are in love with Paul Kanjorski. I do think that a number are afraid of him, however. They are afraid that whatever spigot is flowing that positively affects them, with Paul Kanjorski's hands on the spigot, he may just turn it off. Then where would they be?. What a shame there is such fear of government?
It seems there is a lot of fear at the institutional level also. Why were there no debates. When Paul Kanjorski declined to debate, why did Public TV not give the other candidates a forum to at least give a speech? What was public TV afraid of?
While the rest of the state and the country has decided that there is too much corruption, and it must end, for their own reasons, most Pennsylvania voters chose to ignore the corruption and stay home. 49% of Democrats who voted in District 11 have said that is how they like it.
I do not plan to run for office again though this was a great experience. Thank you to a wonderful group of people who helped in many ways for us to run a successful campaign. You are all terrific.