Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kevin Haggerty Town Hall in Jessup

Democratic State Representative Kevin Haggerty represents the 112th Legislative District.  As the PA House Democratic Caucus website describes, his district includes:
Part of LACKAWANNA County consisting of the CITY of Scranton (PART, Wards 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 [PART, Divisions 01, 02 and 03], 16, 17, 19 [PART, Divisions 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06] and 20) and the TOWNSHIPS of Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Madison, Roaring Brook and Thornhurst and the BOROUGHS of Dunmore and Moscow.
Also on the same website, was the listing of a town hall meeting with the following description:
HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Town Hall meeting on tax reform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Jessup Hose Company No. 1, 632 Fourth St. in Jessup.  For more information, those interested can call 570-342-2710.
Navigating to mapquest.com, entering Dunmore, PA into your starting point, and the location of his Jessup Town Hall in the destination field gives you an approximate eight mile ride to the Town Hall.  The Town Hall, that is actually being held in Democratic State Representative Frank Farina's district.

Again, the PA House Democratic Caucus website describes the 115th Legislative District as:
Part of LACKAWANNA County consisting of the City of Carbondale (PART, Wards 01,02,03 (PART, Division 01) 04 (PART, Divisions 02 and 03), 05 (PART, Divisions 02 and 04 and 06 (PART, Divisions 01 and 02) and the TOWNSHIPS of Carbondale and Jefferson and the BOROUGHS of Archbald, Blakely, Dickson City, Jermyn, Jessup, Mayfield and Olyphant, and part of WAYNE County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Canaan, Dreher, Lake, Lehigh, Salem and Sterling, and the BOROUGH of Waymart.
As you can see, Mr. Farina represents all of Jessup and pretty much every municipality Mr. Haggerty had to travel through at the point that he exited his district in order to attend the Town Hall in the 115th.

The new 112th Legislative District, post-reapportionment, includes:
Part of LACKAWANNA County consisting of the CITY of Scranton (PART, Wards 09, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 19 [PART, Divisions 01 and 02]) and the BOROUGHS of Archbald, Blakely, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant and Throop.
Who could be blamed for looking at this Town Hall as a political event given that Mr. Haggerty held a Town Hall in an area he does not represent?

Closing thought: given that the subject of the Town Hall was taxes, it would be worth asking how much (if any) taxpayer money was used to hold and publicize the 112th Town Hall in the 115th.  To avoid even the appearance of impropriety the answer should be zero, given the political appearance of this event.

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