Turkish Senator Dr Oz

Turkish Senator Dr Oz — Mehmet Oz, the surgeon and television personality who is seeking the Republican nomination for this year’s race to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate, has declared he’ll give up the security clearances that are provided to all U.S. Senators to keep his dual citizenship with Turkey.

That may not disqualify him for the job under the law but it should for all thinking people.

Granted we weren’t going to vote for him anyway, but if one still hits the button for him knowing full well one’s concerns — and the concerns of America — are not his primary loyalty, one is a damn fool.

The Pennsylvania primary election is May 17. For whom should one vote?

Here’s the list.

For whom are we going to vote? The Bridgewater hedge fund guy? Sean Gale, Silent Joe’s brother?

Honestly, we don’t know. We just know that Turkey’s interests are not the same as those of Pennsylvania and we don’t want Oz to write the laws.

Turkish Senator Dr Oz
Mehmet Oz hearts the spotlight
Turkish Senator Dr Oz

Primary 2022 Part 2

Primary 2022 Part 2

By Bob Small

As discussed in a previous post, there was a Democracy Unplugged which, briefly became Delco Debates.

This change was due to some internecine fighting over goals and outcomes.  For context, in the mid-70’s I was briefly in some political party that could be called The East Philadelphia Socialist Concept, where three of us felt if  we could only overthrow the other three, then we could begin the Revolution.  Well this is what happened to Democracy Unplugged.  That, and we actually helped, albeit slightly, influence an actual election.

My guide to following these more interesting, less electable Candidates has always been Politics1.com

To follow the congressional races, go to “Governor and Statewide races” and locate Pennsylvania in the US Map, then scroll down past Gov, Lt. Gov and Senator to Congressional Races.  Tapping the name of a Candidate will lead you to his/her Facebook or Twitter page or website. 

We stopped at the 5th Congressional District, last time but now we’ll skip up to CD 12 and Republican Don Neville, the only tattoo artist on the whole CD Candidate list. He sees himself as an antidote to the “socialist/progressives” in this election.  He also advocates “parents rights to educational decisions”.

Primary 2022 Part 2

CD 14 only lists one Candidate, incumbent Guy Reschenthaler.  In this case, I blame theDemocrats for not fielding an opposition candidate.  Maybe my fellow Greens or the Libs can get someone on the Ballot by the August deadline.

CD 15 lists Libertarian Liz Terwilliger who believes in core Libertarian values “I believe in minimal government.  Government’s role is to protect and secure individual rights”

She works as a speech-language pathologist,

CD 16 has a farmer, Rick Telesz, running under the Democratic banner.  He sits on the steering committee for Rural Voices USA. He also sits on the PA Soybean Board, etc.

CD 17  includes Democratic Candidate Sean Meloy, who champions LGBTQ rights and is a member of the DNC.  If elected, he would be the first openly Gay member of Congress from Pennsylvania  If elected, he promises to hold corporations and special interests accountable.

CD 18 was eliminated in 2022, due to the 2020 Census. Democrat Mike Doyle had the honor of being the very last congressperson for this district.

Primary 2022 Part 2

Primary 2022 Is Coming And Politics1 Is A Good Tout Board

Primary 2022 Is Coming And Politics1 Is A Good Tout Board

By Bob Small

To begin with, I no longer support any candidate who might win.  In ’96 I voted for Bill Clinton who turned out to be everything he said he opposed. That learned me.  I do wonder how John McCain might have been as President, but his running mate scared me, and many others.   Now Obama’s VP scares many of us.  Oh well.

Since then, in my previous volunteer work with Democracy Unplugged, I have sought to give space to the “fringe” voices who will never hold elective office but may have some ideas we might want to hear, along with other “issue” forums.  For one example, see. Jan 30th, 2008  Democracy Unplugged Candidates Forum

My guide to locating these unheard voices has always been Politics.1, a website that lists almost all of the candidates running for the “larger” statewide offices.

Most recently, they cited Monaco’s pledge against Vladmir Putin as a reason for his imminent downfall, so they do have a sense of humor.

Pennsylvania’s Primary Election is May 17.

To follow the Congressional races, go to “Governor and Statewide races” and locate Pennsylvania in the US Map, then scroll down past governor, lieutenant governor and senator to congressional races.  Tapping the name of a candidate will lead you to his/her Facebook or Twitter or website page.

Primary 2022 Is Coming And Politics1 Is A Good Tout Board

Starting in CD 1, we have Henry Conoly, either a Green or a Libertarian, who actively opposes US involvement in Ukraine (see his whole Twitter feed)

CD 2 has Salem Snow who is a Kensington-based housing justice and medicare for all activist.

In CD 3 we had Daryl Brooks, a Republican frequent candidate and self-professed felon.

Skipping over to CD 5, which is Swarthmore’s own Mary Gay Scanlon, neither the Libertarian John Hayes or Proud Boys organizer Richard Schwetz have any websites, though Richard is all over the internet in Proud Boys mentions.  John Hayes, Republican,  is an anti-vaccine mandater, among other good qualities. However, I have to vote for my Swarthmore neighbor, or I will be shunned.  

Primary 2022 Is Coming And Politics1 Is A Good Tout Board

Val DiGiorgio Is Back And Backing Jessica Florio

Val DiGiorgio Is Back And Backing Jessica Florio — That wasn’t that long, was it? Val DiGiorgio, the former Pennsylvania GOP chairman and epitome of a political hack, is back and backing Jessica Florio for the 44th District State Senate Seat.

He and his entourage of usual suspects are sponsoring a dinner for her, March 9, at Anthony’s Cucina Fresca in Downingtown.

Val DiGiorgio Is Back And Backing Jessica Florio
The entourage of usual suspects

Prices range from $50 to $1,000 per plate.

The 44th District is represented by Democrat Katie J. Muth and includes much of northern Chester County along with parts of Montgomery and Berks counties.

If Ms. Florio has a primary opponent vote for that person on May 17. If she should end up being the nominee, vote for the Democrat.

Sorry Jessica, a kiss from Val is the kiss of death.

Better the snake be outside the tent than in. The times are changing. See yesterday’s story.

Val DiGiorgio Is Back And Backing Jessica Florio

Lab Leak Dismissal Damns Dr Oz

Lab Leak Dismissal Damns Dr Oz — Matt Orfalea has posted a mashup of officials and prominent media personalities definitively declaring that Covid is natural and claims that it came from a Wuhan lab is false information.

Among the pompous pundits quashing questions and hiding the truth is Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz — a.k.a “Dr. Oz”.

Oz is the good bud of globalist Oprah Winfrey and the man who seeks to replace Pat Toomey as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, this November.

Lab Leak Dismissal Damns Dr Oz
Conspiracy theories are now spoiler alerts

It is now considered likely that Covid is man-made and came from a Chinese lab.

Below is Orfalea’s mashup. You can find Oz starting at the 1:09 mark where he says “One of the biggest crisis now is the false information being circulated on social media . . . I can tell you for sure it was not manufactured in a lab”; and at the 6:41 mark where he says “It didn’t come from a lab. This was not made by man. It was too clunky.”

We are not attacking Oz for doubting. We are attacking him for making definitive claims in an attempt to silence those who now appear to be right.

Here is the video:


To exemplify how these matters should be handled, we are not going to silence those who still hold the virus came from a food market or nature, and some still do.

And before one starts bashing China note that the U.S. government funded the Wuhan research and the sainted Tony Fauci appears to be the guy behind it.

Here is a list of the other candidates for the seat being vacated by Toomey.

Lab Leak Dismissal Damns Dr Oz

Corman Runs For Governor; Josh Shapiro Rejoices

Corman Runs For Governor; Josh Shapiro Rejoices

 By Ryan Shafik

Dynastic, career politician Jake Corman – president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania State Senate – is the latest Republican to toss his hat in the ring for Governor of this great Commonwealth.  Given Corman’s insatiable ambition, his decision to enter the fray isn’t necessarily surprising.  What is shocking is that someone with Corman’s amount of political baggage actually thinks he enhances his party’s potential for victory in 2022. Corman’s arrogance in believing he will “clear the GOP field” (as he is reportedly conveying to GOP power brokers) is breathtaking. Speaking clearly: Jake Corman is the most unelectable candidate in the GOP field, and his candidacy should be considered dead in the water.

Known as “Jake the Snake” among his many detractors and enemies in Pennsylvania politics, Corman is unquestionably a fatally flawed GOP candidate — which is no mean feat given that one of his rivals in the primary is being investigated for his involvement in a possible fatal hit-and-run accident.

Corman Runs For Governor; Josh Shapiro Rejoices

 Having worked in Pennsylvania’s campaign trenches for over 20 years, I can tell you that having a baggage-laden, career politician like Corman as your opponent is the political equivalent of a shooting fish in a barrel for any consultant/strategist with half a brain cell.  No one wants to see Jake Corman become the GOP nominee for governor more than the presumptive Democrat nominee, Attorney General Josh Shapiro.  Let us examine the reasons why: 

1. Corman hails from a geographically weak area.  The State College media market covers less than 9 percent of the state’s total population.  Corman’s home county, Centre, is the largest county in this media market, and it is one he lost against an underfunded, no-name Democrat in his 2018 bid for re-election.  Compounding this problem is the fact that Corman has virtually no name recognition outside his state senate district as confirmed by a recent poll of the 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary race.  In fact, Corman barely attracts a scant 15 percent of GOP voters in his own media market, which he has been highly visible in for 22 plus years.  However, in that same poll, Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano bests him with 25 percent support in Corman’s own media market and doesn’t even represent any of that area in the Senate. 

2. Corman is the product of dynastic politics. His state senate seat was bequeathed to him by his late father, former state senator Doyle Corman.  If there is one thing voters on both sides of the spectrum in Pennsylvania detest –especially Republican primary voters– it’s political dynasties.  Just ask Jeb Bush. This helps explain why in Corman’s own small backyard, he can’t garner more than 15 percent of GOP voters in his bid for governor while Lou Barletta is dominating his own media market with over 51 percent support in that same poll. 

3. Corman is now target numero uno of Pennsylvania’s grassroots conservatives, who are enraged at him for: ushering Act 77 through the legislature thus creating a 50-day stretch of no-excuse-needed mail-in voting, which Trump loyalists believe handed the election to Biden; and vindictively punishing pro-election audit State Senator Doug Mastriano, a hero to many pro-Trump Republicans.  Corman not only booted Mastriano from the Senate GOP caucus, he stripped him of his Harrisburg staff.    

4. The heaviest anchor around Corman’s candidacy is his 22-year anti-taxpayer record of enriching himself at the public’s expense. Indeed, “Jake the Snake” is arguably the most venomous creature in the Harrisburg Swamp. He’s been at the center of every crooked deal to come out of the state capital over the last two decades, and his numbers will collapse faster than his backbone during state budget negotiations with Tom Wolf when this record is exposed.  The lowlights are:  the infamous midnight pay raise of 2005, when legislators snuck into the Capitol during the witching hour to give themselves an unconstitutional mid-term pay raise of 16-34 percent; the Pension Grab of 2001, when Corman and his fellow careerists raised their already generous taxpayer-funded pension by a staggering 50 percent; and the gas tax hike of 2013, which Corman enthusiastically voted for and touts to this day. How politically toxic is the vote making Pennsylvania’s gas tax among the highest in the country? Just ask Tom Corbett.  Tom Wolf pounded Corbett over the head with ads in every media market outside Philly, causing enough Republicans to pull the lever against Tax Hike Tom.  You can bet Josh Shapiro’s team is retrieving those ads from the media archive as you read this.  Eight years ago, I wrote a memo warning Republicans that Tom Corbett’s numbers were fast becoming unrecoverable. However, the GOP establishment hacks ignored reality and stuck with “their guy”, who went on to buck the national Republican wave of 2014 to be the ONLY Incumbent GOP Governor in the country to lose to a Democrat.

You are probably asking, “Why doesn’t Corman understand that his candidacy is mission impossible?” Is he that delusional to think he can survive his horrible record?”

 Well, yes. It’s simple. Corman’s cadre of (inept and greedy) consultants need somebody to pay for their second or third summer beach home.  And this is the dirty little secret the media fails to report during campaign season. Pennsylvania’s establishment consultant class lines up in big statewide races to feed at the trough, often going to great lengths to convince their clients and potential clients “they can be governor, too.” Many do this knowing damn well their candidate stands no chance. But for them, it doesn’t matter as long as the check clears. I understand that strategists and consultants working in campaigns is part of the process.  I do that for a living, as well. But to actively recruit and convince ego-driven, delusional politicians they stand a chance at winning statewide office, when in reality they have the same chance as a one-legged man does at winning an butt-kicking contest, is one of the reasons we have so many subpar candidates in the field.    And therein lies the problem with today’s GOP gubernatorial field.  Many of these candidates with no chance of victory are often coaxed into running by Harrisburg’s grifter class. I know this for a fact, since I have often convinced candidates not to run for office after they met with other firms who were selling false hope of likely electoral success.  

Unfortunately, what is the result of this greedy practice?  The voters are left with fatally flawed candidates, like Jake Corman, who actually believe they, too, can be Governor. And if flawed career politician Jake Corman by some miracle or strange turn of event becomes the GOP nominee in 2022, then you can expect Tom Wolf to hand over the keys to the Governor’s mansion to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Ryan Shafik is the principal of Rockwood Strategies, a conservative-free-market affiliated political consulting, communications and research firm in Pennsylvania. He is not associated or affiliated with any 2022 candidates runningfor Governor. RockwoodStrategies.com – rockwoodstrategies@gmail.com

Corman Runs For Governor

Corman Runs For Governor Corman Runs For Governor

Rick Saccone Appearing In Thorndale

Rick Saccone, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor in the 2022 election, will be appearing , 6 p.m., Nov. 17 at Kelly’s Restaurant, 3303 Lincoln Highway in Thorndale in Chester County. Food will be available and there will be a $12 cover charge. Capacity is 75. Contact Larry Denver or Carol Kulp to reserve a spot.

Rick Saccone Appearing In Thorndale
Rick Saccone Appearing In Thorndale