The LuLac Edition #581, Sept. 24th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: GOP NOMINEE JOHN McCAIN AND CONGRESSAN KANJORSKI.
THE LONG BALL
With polls for the first time showing Barack Obama in a commanding lead, GOP nominee John McCain has opted for the long ball. And once again, just when the Obama camp thought it was okay to coast, once more McCain has shaken up the race with his proposal to suspend his campaign, roll up those sleeves and go to Washington, D.C. to cast a wary eye on those hafalutin financiers. This comes on the heels of a recent Washington Post/ABC News national poll finding Obama leading McCain by 9 points, 52 to 43 percent, among likely voters.
Just when Obama was getting traction, McCain does his "first in-first heard" message that says, "I'm a bi partisan guy", "country first, me second". How in the world can Obama respond but agree. McCain also wants to cancel the debate which I think is not a very good idea. Americans need to hear what their candidates are saying in this time of crisis. To cancel the debates would be an admission that McCain might not be the leader we think he is. To cancel the Veep debate next week would be a sham in protecting Sarah "I'm A Mom" Palin from tough questioning. Suspend the campaign? Nice strategic move John. Stop the debates? No way.
Mayor Leighton's refusal to make public his tax returns to a community activitst got us to thinking the other day. Even for the size of the city of Wilkes Barre, maybe it would be a good thing to get a gander at those returns. After all the Mayor is a realtor and it would be interesting to see if there were any profits from those real estate transactions that the city has been making the last few years or so. In the meantime, the Mayor is touting the Obama/Biden economic plan. The Mayor said that the Wall Street mess has an effect on Main Street and he believes that isn't good. Mayor Leighton said cities such as Wilkes-Barre desperately need the economy to turn around so they can continue revitalization efforts they've started over the past few years. That message will be echoed, with more details, on Thursday when Senator Joe Biden visits Nesbitt Memorial Park to address the economic crisis that is impacting Pennsylvania families. He will discuss how a Barack Obama administration would work to jump-start the economy and fight forthe middle class.
Ltn. Governor Katherine Baker Knoll returned to the State Senate the other day to thunderous applause.The long time Pennsylvania politico is battling cancer and usually takes great care in presiding over the Senate. The applause and good wishes seem to agree with her.
If Paul Kanjkorski loses his bid for a 12th term in the U.S. Congress lack of money will not be the reason why. Kanjorski has accumulated a dubious record of having the most campaign contributions given to any Democrat all across America in various catagories. That streak stayed alive with the news that the non-partisan National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee has spent more money on political advertisements and mailings for the 11th district Dem. According to Federal Election Commission filings, the Realtors' PAC spent $382,500 in September on advertising in support of Kanjorski. The PAC spent another $60,000 on radio ads and $220,000 on direct mailings for Kanjorski. Kanjo isn't even a realtor and doesn't have as many houses as John McCain. The Realtors' PAC has spent $888,908 on Kanjorski in just 2 months.That's nearly a million dollars. That investment is second this election cycle only to the $990,000 the PAC spent in April and May on a failed New Mexico congressional candidate Monty Newman, a Republican who is a licensed Realtor. Many of Kanjorski's supporters are hoping that that unsuccessful trend will not continue and that the money raised by the PAC will put the Pennsylvania Congressman over the top. Be it ever so humble................there's no place like a realtor PAC.