The committee members of the 161st District of the Pennsylvania State House, tonight, May 28, overwhelmingly tapped a man who six months earlier had been actively fighting to get a liberal Democrat in the State Senate.
Four-fifths of those in attendance reportedly voted for Paul Mullen to be the party’s nominee in a special election Aug. 4 to replace Republican Joe Hackett who resigned claiming he wanted to return to law enforcement.
Mullen is the president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO. He actively campaigned for Democrat John Kane last fall against Republican good guy Tom McGarrigle in the 26th District State Senate Race. In 2010, he supported Democrat Joe Sestak against Republican Pat Toomey. Would he support Sestak again next year if there should be a rematch? That question was apparently not asked. The only question asked of him reportedly involved real estate taxes and his answer was he did not have one.
The nomination is expected to become official next week.
The only other person interviewed by the committee was Lisa Esler, who unlike Mullen, holds a public office namely Penn Delco School Director. In the May 19 primary election, Mrs. Esler was the top vote-getter on both Republican and Democrat ballots to retain her seat. She has developed a reputation for tackling the cronyism prevalent in state politics.
Could that be the reason four-fifths of the committee members voted against her?
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