Josh Shapiro Hypocrite On Defending Women
By Pauline Braccio
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.