Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mayor Lou Barletta Enters Congressional Race for PA-11

According to his announcement video, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta will enter the 2010 Congressional Election as a Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s 11th District.

The theme of the campaign seems to be “Unfinished Business.”

Reminiscent of the Reagan vs. Carter debate of 1980 he basically asks the question “Are you better off today than you were in 2008?”

Not many can answer that question in the affirmative.

Barletta also nails it by hitting on the frustration many Americans feel that Washington (read Kanjorski) is out of touch, has lost focus, and has forgotten about the people of this great country.

As reporters and pundits argue the differences and similarities between the 2008 and 2010 elections, one important fact must be examined. Paul Kanjorski may not be in this race after the Primary Election (or at all.)

It is assumed that Paul Kanjorski will run this race for the 14th time but he has yet to announce his intentions. If he does run, Kanjorski will have a primary opponent the likes of which he has not seen in a very long time. Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien is certainly green but to his credit he pulled a major upset victory in the 2007 Lackawanna County race for Commissioner. O’Brien isn’t afraid to mix it up either. In his announcement he stated that “we deserve to receive our fair share of federal tax dollars. And we deserve a Congressman who will put that money in your pockets, not his own pockets” alluding to the ethical challenges Kanjorski has faced in the past.

This is going to be a wild one!

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