|Aurand HQs in Nazareth|
Volunteer Ed Del Viscio served as something of an informal MC, giving an opening speech that I thought would still be going on election day.
State Senator Lisa Boscola was more to the point. She told the audience that she wishes she still had Nazareth in her own district, but spoke highly of Aurand. She indicated she could work with Mario Scavello, but complained that "he cares more about himself than the people he represents."
|Aurand, with Rich Grucela and Lisa Boscola|
Aurand told the crowd that government can be justifiably accused of interfering with people's lives, but also can protect us. He then ticked off the following issues, where he gives both Governor Corbett and Scavello a failing grade:
* Public Education. - He pointed out that there have been large cuts in public education, voted for by Scavello, the derided at have resulted in larger classrooms, cuts in programs and out-of-control school taxes.
* Women's Issues. - He derided the lack of equal pay for equal work by women, and complained about intrusive ultrasound examinations supported by many state republicans.
* Environment. - He referred to a recent report by the state auditor general, noting that the EPA is undermanned and is letting violators go uncited. He also complained about the lack of a severance tax, and the natural gas drilling in public parks proposed by the Governor.
* Good Government. - He complained that the Governor is paying for an education advisor who is doing no work. He also accused Scavello of accepting the 2006 midnight pay raise. "He took the money and used it to make himself popular," he charged.
Noting that he expects to be outspent by Scavello, he is calling for volunteers. "We need all hands on deck," he said.
He should be OK in Nazareth so long as his campaign stays away from stickers.