Sorry about that, meant 1991. That is the year Democrat State Representative P. Michael Sturla was elected to the State House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 96th Legislative District. It covers part of Lancaster County. Representative Sturla is also a part of the Democratic House leadership acting as Democratic Policy Chairman and he is a chauvinistic, misinformed, hate-speech spouting buffoon.
Sturla is an opponent to Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania. In an email conversation about drilling with a reporter, Sturla is quoted as saying:
"Aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for the local communities?" Sturla wrote.
House Republicans responded with a press release. Some of the highlights:
“Talk about wrong-headed, misinformed, archaic, and just shocking,” said Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), the House Republican Caucus Chair. “The House Democrat leadership attitude, after studying the impacts of the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, is insulting.”
“Drunks and promiscuous ‘womenfolk’ – that is what the House Democrat leaders are calling the hard-working men and women living within the Marcellus Shale region,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland County) said. “Who can really support such notions from leaders who think so little of those working in a growing industry?”
“The people of this Commonwealth deserve better than hyperbole or fear mongering.” Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford/Tioga Counties) said. “The hate-speech, misinformation, stereotyping and sensationalism from the House Democrat Policy Committee chairman is deplorable.
“These comments show the lack of comprehension of what is going on in this region,” Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) said. “We are living and working in the real world of providing record levels of jobs, economic development and working toward energy independence.”
“These mischaracterizations and stereotypes of Marcellus workers, most of which are hard-working Pennsylvanians, does nothing productive,” Rep. Donna Oberlander (R- Armstrong and Clarion Counties) said. “These comments are absolutely inappropriate and cross the line of decency.”