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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Four LV Legislators Will Skip Pa Society Gala

Yesterday, I pointed to the hypocrisy of state legislators and the Governor attending an upper crust gala with the Pa Society at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria when they have demonstrated a complete inability to adopt a state budget. I contacted all members of the Lehigh Valley delegation. I've heard nothing from the senators, although I'm unsure my email to Senator Maria Scavello went through. I did hear from several state representatives, all of whom told me they will pass on the high society, especially if there's no budget.

State Rep. Steve Samuelson: "I will not attend. In fact, I have never attended the Pennsylvania Society.

1.       - We have work to do in Harrisburg.

2.       - Also, why isn’t this event held in Pennsylvania each year?

3.       - And since February 2015, the Waldorf Astoria – the site of the “Pennsylvania Society” – the has been owned by a Chinese insurance company ...

So, why would anyone who seeks to promote Pennsylvania’s economic prospects travel to New York City and boost the Chinese economy?

State Rep. Pete Schweyer: "Very simply, I will not be attending the PA Society Gala. I cannot in good conscience attend such an event in the absence of a budget. Of course I think we should be here Monday, November 30th as well; alas we aren’t scheduled for session at this point."

State Rep. Bob Freeman: "I will not be attending the PA Society Gala."

State Rep. Justin Simmons: "I will not be attending PA Society if the budget is not passed by then (highly doubt it will be)."

Several state reps have failed to respond, but my emails were bouncing, so don't hold a failure to rely against them.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Joe Emrick got right back to you! This guy is terrible- worthless and arrogant- the epitome of most state reps.

Anonymous said...

True dat! I never thought I would long for the days of Rich Grucela. Emrick can't carry Richs' jockstrap!

Anonymous said...

Ironic that other state employees are currently subjected to a travel ban unless its "mission critical".

I guess hob-knobbing in NYC at the WA meets that criteria.

Anonymous said...

Who pays for this political junket? Hopefully not the taxpayers.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"I'm sure Joe Emrick got right back to you! This guy is terrible- worthless and arrogant- the epitome of most state reps."

I don't expect a reply from him. He never has responded to an email. I am surprised that Marcia Hahn and Julie Harhart have not responded, but I may have screwed up my emails to them.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Who pays for this political junket? Hopefully not the taxpayers."

No, they dip into their campaign funds.

Schlossbeg must have already rented a Lincoln Town Car with which he can drive Fed Ed.

Anonymous said...

Sure wish there were a lot more like Samuelson.

alfonso todd said...

Integrity and practicality....

Alfonso Todd

Anonymous said...

Rooney, Brennan and Grucela no doubt shared a limo when they went to these things.

Bernie O'Hare said...

You obviously don't get its I don't give a shit who is going and who is not going it is wrong

Anonymous said...

OK, as Thanksgiving approaches, I give thanks that we are fortunate enough to be represented in Harrisburg by a fine Representative Steve Samuelson, and that the Lehigh Valley is fortunate enough to also boast Bob Freeman. I will have you know that I called Rep. Samuelson's office one day for some information, and he answered the phone himself, looked up the answer to my question, and talked to me for at least 45 minutes about various other matters on my list. What a fine representative and a fine human being.

Anonymous said...

Samuelson & Freeman are exceptions to the rule.
Fine men.

Anonymous said...

Will dems actually put up an opponent for Emrick this time?