Hey Joe Gale, stop whining about the primary and start seeking justice for Pauline Braccio.
“My way or the highway” usually means you end up on the highway or in fourth place anyway.
Yeah, you’ve done a good job calling out the corruption but you are never going to fix anything in the minority. The GOP has a chance to take it all this November. Is the county’s Republican establishment corrupt? Maybe, but the Ds are running things and there is no maybe about their corruption.
Reform is slow but if it doesn’t start it doesn’t exist. The Ds staying in charge means it doesn’t start.
The only way you would not want the Ds out would be if you think in confers some sort of personal advantage. Please say you don’t think that.
Montco residents just hit the R button this November.
Needed Callout For Montco GOP Unity — Stan Casacio, the Republican nominee for Montgomery County (Pa) controller, has taken a big step towards a GOP takeover of the Dem- controlled and corrupted county with an ad airing on WPHT calling for GOP unity.
Thank God there is someone who still thinks up there. Yes, the Republicans have a chance to win if they get unified.
Stan also tells us he will be hosting an hour-long show on 1180 WFYL at 8 a.m., Wednesdays. His first guest is Lt. Col Allen West.
If you were not in attendance, you missed a great show this past Thursday (Aug. 8). I confronted Ken Lawrence directly and his response was to put his elbows on the table in front of him, put his chin in his hands, and stare at me. It was as though he wanted to have a staring contest. Bizarre, to say the least. Victory for me? Help me decide.
As you may recall, at the June 20 meeting, Marianne Wright asked Ken if he had indeed raped me. Ken’s response was, “The allegation is false. It did not happen.” That was not a denial. He did not answer the question. In the minutes for the June 20 meeting it stated:
“General Public Comment
Ms. Marianne Wright made a public comment.
Ms. Pauline Braccio made a public comment.
Ms. Elaine Mickman made a public comment.
Vice Chair Lawrence made a comment in response to Ms. Pauline Braccio’s public comment.”
This was incorrect and I had already told them at the last meeting, on July 25, that they got it wrong and that he answered Marianne, not me. They did not change the minutes. So, I brought it up this past meeting, Aug. 8.
Before I go on, I must mention Joseph. Joseph is a young man that I have never met nor even seen before. This young man, who is 18 years old, stood up at the podium and spoke masterfully about the 1st Amendment and Free Speech. Josh Stein tried to shut Joseph up, to no avail. In fact, it was Joseph who shut Josh up! At the end of his remarks, Josh called for the deputy to remove Joseph. But Joseph confidently finished speaking and calmly sat down.
Think about this: Ken Lawrence was 18 when he raped me. Joseph is 18 and came to the meeting solely for me, to stand up for me. He told me after the meeting that he came to speak because he has been watching how they have treated me and had to do something.
Thank you, Joseph. You are an amazing young man.
When I took my turn at the podium, I asked Ken to answer me directly, then I gave the rest of my 5 minutes to wait for his response. Val and Josh (county solicitor) called for the deputy sheriff to remove me from the room. This has now become routine. I did not leave and the deputy sheriff and the head of public safety respected me enough to let me sit down. Valerie told the deputy to sit behind me to make sure I did not speak again. Then she said I should show respect. I answered, “You are not respectable. I have no respect for you.”
Before the meeting ends, Valerie asks if the commissioners have any closing comments. Ken said, ‘Let the minutes show that I responded to Pauline’s comment.” Really? Does silently staring at me constitute a response?
Since Attorney General Josh Shapiro still has his fangs sunk into Montgomery County, here’s my invitation to AG Josh Shapiro:
Hey, Shapiro! Why don’t you come to your old stomping grounds in Montgomery County? I am inviting you to the Commissioners’ meeting on Sep 5. You know, you were the chair before you and DA Steele pushed Kathleen Kane out of office and into prison.
Come to the meeting and explain to me how you could make a PSA about believing and respecting women who have been raped. Commissioner Ken E. Lawrence, Jr., your golden boy, raped me and I have been disrespected and treated like I am the criminal. Ken Lawrence is a federal felon — he raped me on federal land. This past meeting, Aug 8, (to which I had invited you) I asked Ken point-blank to answer me. He could not do it. Instead he acted in a very bizarre way and just sat there with his chin in his hands staring at me. To do what? Stare me down? I asked him: So you’re just going to stare at me?
The fact that he could not answer shows that he did rape me. He cannot lie to my face, he does not want to be a man and own up to it, so he says nothing. It was a circus that meeting. You need to come to the next one and control your out-of-control puppets. They are not listening to their puppet master, Josh Shapiro. You do not have the control you think you have.
The video of the meeting has not been posted yet. It will be interesting to see how they butcher it to make it less damaging for your little puppets: Valerie Arkoosh, Ken E. Lawrence, Jr, and County Solicitor Josh Stein.
The next meeting is on Sep 5. Can’t wait to see if the circus comes back to town.
Ed note: What puzzles us is the silence by Montco GOP Chairwoman Liz Havey and Republican commissioner candidates Joe Gale and Fred Conner. You would think they would be demanding Lawrence give a detailed explanation to Ms. Braccio’s very credible charges simply due to political self-interest even if they lacked a desire for justice.
Montco Wrongly Credits Ex And Now Wants Her Home Says Woman — There are two sides to domestic disputes but this is Elaine Mickman’s. And if her ex-husband is earning millions and has cut his child off, shame on him. The government should not even need to be involved for him to help his son. Of course, the truly troubling thing is Ms. Mickman’s claim that Montco officials are seeking her assets because of what she says is a phony overpayment recorded for her ex-husband by a county employee. We will be keeping an eye on it and we doubt the matter is over.
To the Editor
My youngest child’s support was prematurely and illegally terminated December 2018 by Domestic Relations without due process and a required hearing that I “timely” and properly requested in writing.
Montgomery County has been silencing and suppressing my reports of employee corruption when the fraud is anti-family, harms me, endangered my child(ren), and caused the County and state to lose millions of dollars of Federal Title IV-D Matching Funding for many years, begging to wonder what or why would employees do this, and why would public officials ignore complaints and remain complicit other than “currying favors” to receive “personal benefits”.
My 2003 child support case evolved into Domestic Relations employee(s) substituting Montgomery County as a party to my case after the Support Obligor (father/my Ex residing in UK since December 2002) withdrew his Jan. 28, 2019 Petition seeking for me (100 percent physical time custodial/residential caretaker) or our minor autistic son, the child support recipient, to pay father/Ex child support because a county employee entered a $550,000 credit for Ex.
This action violated Federal Regulations/Codes which requires support payments to be sent in to the state automated system and disbursed to the custodial/residential caretaker. The credit created a “phony” overpayment so that my child or myself owes Ex child support!
I received zero divorce settlement and I have a zero-earning capacity by court order. I also was medically approved by Social Security as Permanently Disabled because I have four crushed cervical discs in my neck from domestic abuse, therefore I am dependent upon SSI (Social Security Disability).
I have been a full-time homemaker mom for 37 years without employment history since I was 19 years old.
After I raised Federal Regulation and Code violations in my Answer/Response objecting and refuting Ex’s Jan. 28, 2019 Petition, he withdrew his Petition on Feb. 11, 2019, most likely because he doesn’t want to bring attention since he earns millions of dollars per year and was defeating the entry of large child support orders.
Regardless that Ex withdrew his Petition Feb. 11, 2019, Montgomery County substituted itself as a party to my case by continuing to charge the child support so that I, or my child owe the County child support since Montgomery County has been operating an “asset-forfeiture” scheme to “collect” as much money as possible to “line their own pockets/pensions” while funding a new half- billion dollar judicial “campus”, BUT financially burdening the residents, especially targeting those in family court, with supporting a “sanctuary city”.
FYI, Pennsylvania law 23 Title 4604 prohibits liens on the primary residence public assistance recipients, therefore the County would have to illegally Sheriff my house to seek the “phony” overpayment created by corrupt Montgomery County employees, but the County can also incarcerate a person for non-payment of child support or suspend their Driver’s License.
The County Officials have violated their Oath by “assaulting” and/or abandoning the PA Constitution.
This is not complex or complicated. Corrupt County employees are abusing their positions, power, and authority, for no explainable reason other than receiving “personal benefits”, BUT at the loss of Federal funding for the County and state, and at the suffering and hardship of my child and myself.
I have records as proof, and have a sworn statement documenting what occurred, as well as that of a witness to the proceedings.
(You can’t make this stuff up)
Regards, Elaine Mickman
Montco Wrongly Credits Ex And Now Wants Her Home Says Woman
A podcast of the show is here. Malik’s other guests included Juanita Broaddrick. Pauline comes on at the 49:40 mark.
The Dean Malik Show airs noon Fridays on WWDB 860 AM.
Considering the behavior among Montco GOP commissioner candidates — yes Joe Gale and Jeff Salvino you are getting blamed for this too — we fear Lawrence will be returned to office.
We have not heard any prominent Republican condemn, attack or even question Lawrence but we’ve certainly heard them go after each other.
The Democrats have circled the wagons around this protege of Josh Shapiro while the Republicans have created a circular firing squad. Call it how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and let injustice go unpunished.
Since the invention of the internet and better technology, small towns with a lot of activities are the places that offer the best of both worlds — the excitement of the city and the warmth of a small community. Many of the small towns in Montgomery county and other areas, like some of the sections of Philadelphia, are beginning to blossom and offer the type of community people want. The borough of Ambler in Montgomery County, Pa. offers the tranquility of a small town with a lot of activity. It is easy to walk the streets instead of driving, while taking full advantage of the many amenities. There is a building boom taking place. Houses and condos are being built rapidly, or renovated, in this town that has been recognized as the best small town in PA by Thrillist Travel in 2017. The infrastructure that suits the millennial population’s need has developed.
There is no need to drive all the way to the next city or even downtown. You can easily walk or bike. Even so, if you want to drive or are a visitor you can. There are meters in the downtown section. During lunchtime hours, after six, and Sundays they are all free. If you cannot find parking on the street there is a large municipal parking lot right at the center of all of the activity. You can also find parking in the nearby residential areas on the street. No need to drive all the way to the city anymore. You can find the activities right there and not bring the car. You can walk if you’re a resident, or bike, if you would like, to get to the exciting, hot spots.
Just down Main Street you see two coffee shops plus other places that sell coffee, ice cream parlors, Gelato bars, Indian Mexican food restaurants, and even large Yoga studios, dance classes, hardware stores, and pizza shops. On week nights the trees are lit up in a girdle of bright, white lights, along the main street that gives adds to the festive atmosphere. Crowds of people mill around traveling to various places. The crowds are not overwhelming and hard to navigate. There is a feeling of excitement in the air. One can get around easily looking at the various shops. Music is pouring out of some of the restaurants. People are talking — some are eating water ice and others are going in and out of Limon’s Mexican Restaurant. Everything is alive and buzzing.
You hear a band playing at the Lucky Well, right across the street from the Ambler Theater, a Non-Profit 501c3 membership theater that plays both first run and alternative movies. Want live theater? In the same block Act ll theater offers live performances of plays and musical performances. Just at the end of the Main Street you walk into the Sweet Briar Cafe, famous for its many flavors of ice cream and deserts. It serves you a variety of meals. Breakfast lunch and dinner served in a warm setting with friendly waitstaff. Several booths located close together permit the unplanned conversation between residents of the community while dining and relaxing. It is a small town where people know each other.
If you want more you can explore the many other shops and stores off the beaten path, but close to Main Street. You can enjoy many festivals during the summer including a Restaurant Week Festival, The Annual Ambler Bike Race, and just south of the town a trail that is an extension of Wissahickon Park Trail. Very close by in the town of Gwyned, celebrate the coming of autumn by sampling many types of beer at the Oktoberfest. These are just a few things happening that you can take advantage of in this small, but growing, exciting town.
Ken Lawrence Responds To Rape Allegation — Pauline Braccio tells us that Montco Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence has finally got around to responding to her claim that he raped her in 1990. He said at yesterday’s (June 20) Montgomery County Commissioner meeting that the allegation is false and it never happened.
OK, Ken what is false and never happened? That you and Pauline did not attend Montgomery County Community College together in 1990? That you were both in student activities? That you did not attend a school sponsored student-activities retreat together in the Poconos?
Hmmm. Pauline says that when she returned to school stories were spread that she got drunk and misbehaved at the retreat, leading to an admonishment by a faculty advisor and general shaming.
Is that what you are saying didn’t happen? Be careful, that’s something that can be corroborated. What also can be corroborated is if Pauline had a history of drunkenness and hard partying. Do you really want to go there?
We think you did something vile in 1990 and truly harmed a person’s life. A one-off statement without addressing the specifics is not going to change our mind.
Stan Casacio Peace Offering — Just heard from the great and influential Stan Casacio, who is seeking to bring peace and unity to Montco after a bitter primary battle for county commissioner.
Stan says he would like to reach out to incumbent Joe Gale who remains angry at the county GOP for dirty deeds done nine days ago.
Gale, as per election-night tallies, was the top Republican vote-getter for the two seats on the Nov. 5 ballot. He ran as a ticket, however, with his brother Sean who finished third behind Fred Conner.
The county GOP claimed it would not make an endorsement but a “green ballot” with a strong resemblance to the official one was distributed at polling places with only Conner’s name. The ballot had been paid for by paid by “Citizens for Conner.”
The Gales think that’s what led to Conner’s victory over Sean.
Stan, who had nothing to do with the ballot and holds no official position with the county party other than committeeman, notes that politics are dirty.
“Jeff (Salvino) is upset because he didn’t think of it first,” Stan says regarding the Gales’ hard-nosed campaign manager.
The three-person board now controlled by Democrats Valerie A. Arkoosh and Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. is mandated to have one member be of the minority party.
It is a fear that Gale and Conner factions will “bullet-vote” rather than work as a team and go for all the marbles.
“A certain part of the deal has to be trust,” says Stan.
Stan is running for county controller with the party endorsement.
Stan, like Joe, is a proven corruption fighter. Stan took on the Republican establishment at much aggravation and cost to himself when it wasn’t cool to do so. He was instrumental in starting Joe’s campaign four years ago.
Stan says he will back Joe for board chairman and even further, which will become a very real possibility as Joe will get much of the credit if the GOP flips the county.
The Democrat incumbents are beatable. Stan says rank and file members of that party are telling him they are very unhappy with Arkoosh and will not be voting for her, while Lawrence is being dogged by allegations of having committed rape. Yes, we believe Pauline.
Joe Gale Smears Show Establishment Fears — Maybe the greatest service provided Donald Trump is exposing the mind-blowing political corruption that has been impoverishing us for decades and the extent of which we have been blissfully unaware.
The corruption is the same regardless of the party in power.
Montgomery County residents have been getting flyers attacking incumbent county Commissioner Joe Gale as the Republican Party primary approaches May 21.