Casacio Confident Of Win — Stan Casacio expects to beat incumbent 7th District Congressman Pat Meehan in the April 26 Republican Primary.
He said it tonight, April 4, in an interview with WPHT talk show host Dom Giordano before a crowd of about 50 at the Newtown Square Knights of Columbus Hall.
The event was sponsored by the Delaware County Patriots and featured other political notables such as Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and Joe Peters who is running for Pennsylvania attorney general. Peters’ long law enforcement resume includes the murder conviction of Philly mobster Nicky Scarfo.
“We are going to win,” Casacio said confidently. It was his answer to a question of a possible third party candidacy if he should lose.
Casacio, 68, is a Montgomery County builder who has long been active in Republican politics.
Casacio was motivated to run after Republicans failed to advance the agenda they rode to landslide victories in 2010 and 2014.
He said that Meehan was a nice guy but has been in opposition to necessary Washington reforms far more often than not. One group has him voting with conservative reformers just 31 percent of the time, Casacio said.
Casacio pointedly noted Meehan’s votes to increase our debt ceiling which has led to our debt now being over $19 trillion. He also noted that he was the only Republican to vote against the VA Accountability Act of 2015 which would have made it much easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote or fire employees based on poor performance and offer increased protection for whistleblowers.
Both he and Giordano, blamed Meehan’s close ties to Philadelphia union leaders, especially John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty who runs the powerful Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for his curious VA vote.
Casacio, who is strongly pro life, also took issue with Meehan’s vote to pass a federal budget that provided funding for Planned Parenthood. Meehan’s reasoning is that failure to do so would have shut down the government. Casacio noted there was nothing to stop Congress from sending funding bills piecemeal to the president which is much the same way the Pennsylvania Legislature recently forced Gov. Wolf’s hand.
He noted that doing so would require Congress to work harder, however.
Casacio also noted that regulation must be brought under control and that every regulation made should require a direct vote by Congress. He also said he supported term limits and a bill requiring such would be one of the first things he would sponsor.
He said corruption is almost inevitable for someone who spends a long time in Washington. He said his age means that he is automatically term limited.
John Haenn of Springfield made the introductions. Gale also spoke briefly as did Giordano before starting his interview. Giordano criticized the Delaware County Republican Party for their choice of candidates in recent elections and gave a shout-out to Lisa Esler, who was in the audience, for her independent run in last summer’s special election for the vacated 161st District State House seat after the GOP picked union boss Paul Mullen as their candidate.
Peters was the last to speak. He described his background which included being a beat cop, deputy State Attorney general, and federal prosecutor. He noted that State Sen. John Rafferty, the political insider endorsed by the state party, has taken union money and sabotaged reforms to make state government cost-effective and accountable.
Casacio Confident Of Win