Sunday, February 10, 2008

Barletta in, Democrats Start Swinging

Unless you live under a rock, you have already heard that Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta has announced his bid for the 11th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. Within hours, the Democratic Party establishment has fired a bevy of attacks against Barletta. As you may remember, in a previous post I pointed out a Times Leader story that reported on Lou Barletta's disgust with Congressman Paul Kanjorski's "franked" mail. The tax-payer funded pieces dealt with Veterans benefits, prescription drug plans, and with Illegal Immigration. Apparently, the third missive is what really set Barletta off.

TJ Rooney, Chairman of the Democrat State Committee, is quoted in the Scranton Times as being a "one trick pony." I think it is a safe assumption to state that Rooney was likely referring to Barletta's case against illegal immigration. This is strange since Congressman Kanjorski has used the above mentioned franked mail to inform voters of the 11th Congressional District of his position on the subject. Furthermore, Congressman Kanjorski issued a press release on the 8th of February touting the fact that he went the extra mile to ensure that illegal immigrants were not able to benefit from the recently passed economic stimulus package. So much so, that the press release states that Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recognized his work on the subject.

I think someone didn't get the memo. Illegal immigration is an incredibly popular issue in NEPA. To attack a candidate for being a national leader on an issue that is popular is not very wise, particularly when Paul Kanjorski is working to convince voters that he is tough on the issue himself. I think the democrats' zeal to attack Barletta is blinding them to the issues and causing them to make rather ridiculous mistakes.

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