It’s official as per Kristina Scala’s story in today’s (July 28) Delaware County Daily Times: Paul Mullen is ducking all debates regarding the Aug. 4 special election for the vacant 161st District Pennsylvania State House seat.
He says it’s because of a scheduling conflict.
We think it’s because he doesn’t want to explain why he would keep his $130,000 salary as business manager of Local 654 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers while taking a $85,356 salary as a Pennsylvania legislator, and why exactly he quit Keith Crego’s Penn Delco School Board in July 2007 five months after his appointment.
For what it’s worth, Lisa Esler, the Republican write-in candidate, says she will work to end the automatic pay increases, which require no vote to take effect, and, in fact, try to cut legislative salaries. She also said she will not take a pension.
Mrs. Esler, and Leanne Krueger-Braneky, the official Democrat, will appear together, at a forum 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave sponsored by Delco Debates.