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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Why John Stoffa Builds Birdhouses


Why does Northampton County Exec John Stoffa build birdhouses? Check out this video, which Jeff Stoffa shot and posted at John Stoffa for County Executive. "One night, Charles Dertinger said, 'This administration couldn't build a birdhouse.'" It's an interesting insight into John Stoffa's wonderfully different way of looking at things.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice arse kissing talk along commentary bippy. You were cooing and giggling like a schoolgirl.

No wonder nothing gets done in Northampton County and Stoffa can rarely be found, he is busy building paint by the number birdhouses.

Nice tough interview.

He better declare you as an inkind contribution or it will be reported to the State.

Anonymous said...

It's a weird new world when bloggers are part and parcel of political campaigns. Obama used this "advocacy" well. There is still a well coordinated effort by his administration to use the blogosphere to further their incumbency agenda. You bit a couple of weeks ago and naively (or disingenuously) stated you were surprised you were on their e-mail list. I know you've made no bones about your support of John Stoffa, but it's still a little weird. When does independent advocacy end and useful idiocy begin?

Anonymous said...

Stoffa makes birdhouses for Council while he engages in cronyism. Is Ken Mohr a campaign contributor ? Does he have a contract with the county ? Is it set one dollar below that which needs Council approval ? Is Tom Harp Stoffa's personal friend ? Did John Stoffa give Tom Harp a job, that Stoffa himself didn't need to be filled ?

Anonymous said...

how do we buy these birdhouses?

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:19 - Why? Anybody can l;ook into public records and report what's there - what sort of cost is associated with that?

Tell us what sort of paid services Bernie is providing?

Report to the state all you like - they are used to dealing with confused souls like you.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Boy, it's amazing how a little ditty about birdhouses could piss off some people. It shows a side of Stoffa most people don't see. It shows his wonderful humor and wisdom. The Joe Long Dems can't handle it. Several have probably checked into a hospital.

John Stoffa is a different kind of politician. I admire him like few others. I always have. I've known him thirty years and believe he represents everything right about Northampton County. Like Gene Hartzell, he comes from the inside. As you can see from the post below concerning finance, he has been quite busy his first four years, figuring out ways to save money for the taxpayers.

Considering county tax revenue is only $80MM, it's remarkable that his "meatloaf" cabinet could shave nearly $10 MM in annual expenses.

As people are told about pols who do things wrong, they should also be told about those who get it right. Stoffa gets it right. If it is criminal offense to tell the truth, arrest me.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 7:41, That's a great campaign idea and I'll pass it along. Watch out. Thge Joe Long Dems will want to have you arrested, too.

Anonymous said...

Is cronyism alive and well in Northampton County ? Isn't there a lawsuit in Federal Court pending that alleges a long time Stoffa co-worker and friend is improperly referring Human Services business to a company associated with his wife ? Isn't Stoffa campaign contributor Ken Mohr the beneficiary of a no bid contract that is one dollar under the amount for Council approval ? Isn't long time Stoffa friend, Tom Harp filling a job Stoffa said didn't need to be filled ?

Anonymous said...

Anon 830am, you're asking a lot of questions, why not go get some answers?

Without answers the cynic in me thinks you're just lobbing mud in the hopes that some sticks.

The Banker

Bernie O'Hare said...

1) Ken Mohr did contribute to Stoffa's first campaign and is working at Weaversville. Stoffa told me that yesterday when I bumped into him in a hallway. In his first run, he did accept some (very little) from people who do business with or work for the county. This time around, he decided to rule it out completely.

2) Tom Harp is a dedicated worker and I will be doing a post about his job. He is quite busy. Taxapayers are getting their money's worth.

3) There is a lawsuit over someone who is accused of steering HS work to his wife. That's a matter of public record and has been discussed by the Controller and at council meetings. I've never heard anyone suggest or even hint that Stoffa did anything improper.

Stoffa is a man of integrity, decency and humor, something that should be obvious to any person who watches that little interview. It is driving some people nuts.

Good.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bernie.

The Banker

Bernie O'Hare said...

Mon plaisir.

Anonymous said...

Nero fiddled while Rome burned, Stoffa builds birdhouses.

Tom Harp the new Dave Gawlick.

Thanks Bernie,

The Bunker

Nobody's Dem said...

John Stoffa is a good man, and he really is a decent, caring individual. I don't need Bernie O'Hare to tell me that.
What troubles me is not John Stoffa's good government message, and that he actually practices it.
What troubles me is that Bernie O'hare is acting as a mouth piece for him.
You would think ke can fond a better advocate in the Blog world than bombastic Bernie.

Nunamaker of Nazareth would have been a far more appropriate choice.
Low key and civil. Not all slash and burn, like Bernie.
After I thought about, it, I saw the wisdom. Bernie will draw and deflect criticism from John, and keep it on Ann.

Anonymous said...

I encourage everyone to watch this video. It is mean, the meaness is subtle but it is definitely there. John also says something very interesting about his building bird houses being a "crazy aside." People this is the guy you want running your 400 mil. dollar government.

Anonymous said...

Stoffa is an old fashion quadruple dipping government bureaucrat who engages in old fashioned cronysim by giving Ken Mohr a no-bid contract that did not need County Council approval. He gave hall walker Tom Harp a job because he is crony. Stoffa had said that the job did not need to be filled until his buddy needed one. Then the county gets sued over the activities of another one of his cronys and the ET and Mcall write stories about how he is not taking any money.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Nobody's Dem,

You ask why Stoffa is using an asshole like me, and then answer your own question by concluding nice guys like him need hatchet men. Since you already have your answer, what possible reason could you have to comment here except to take a snide shot at me?

Incidentally, I'm not Stoffa's "mouthpiece." Like me, Ross is free to sing Stoffa's praises all night long. You can ask him if you want. I have no monopoly in blogs about Stoffa.

If anyone is Stoffa's mouthpiece, it would be Stoffa himself. He has his own blog.

Bernie O'Hare said...

" encourage everyone to watch this video. It is mean, the meaness is subtle but it is definitely there."

Anyone who can watch that video and conclude Stoffa is mean would think that Jesus Christ was a sadist. Seriously nutz.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 6:47, You're just repeating a point that has been asked and was answered at 8:55 AM.

This birhouse video must scare the hell out of the Joe Long Dems.

Anonymous said...

Boonie, is John going to build you are bird bath. Everybody knows you like people to watch you taking one . . .

Anonymous said...

John has always had that subtle meanness about him. If you watch his body language and listen to his words it is a sarcastic shot at County Council and a man who sees himself as more cleaver than he is.

Good guy or not, he is no leader and in four years has shown he is incapable of leading a multimillion doallr enterprise like Northampton County.

With the major challanges facing the County, meatloaf won't do we need a better grade of meat.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"John has always had that subtle meanness about him. If you watch his body language and listen to his words it is a sarcastic shot at County Council and a man who sees himself as more cleaver than he is."

Anyone who watches that video and reaches that conclusion, should start building cuckoo clocks.

DemoThug said...

Anon 10:12, in all his/her magnificence, proffered..

"With the major challanges (sic) facing the County, meatloaf won't do (sic) we need a better grade of meat."

Oh Dude, I think it's cool how you refer to Ann McHale as "a better grade of meat."

Do you realize that political consultants who come up with such metaphors command monthly salaries in excess of $30,000?

I can see it now..

"Vote for Ann: She smells better than Stoffa."

Anonymous said...

Demo-thug aka Stoffa nut

He has been one of the most unproductive County Executives in history. In fact probably the worst the County has had. He and his crew phone it in and collect a paycheck.

Anonymous said...

Privately, the bureaucrats that have been running the County for the last thirty years will tell you that John Stoffa is the worst County Executive since the Charter was enacted. The don't say these things publicly because they have been around for thirty years. These guys also are not big fans of Team Dertinger and could care less about Joe Long.

Bernie O'Hare said...

The statement posted by Anon 8:23 is complete hosreshit. I know what the mid-level county employees say bc they talk to me. They like Stoffa. Theyt think he's a good and decent man. When they have problems, they can and do talk to him. Most of them are scared to death about what will happen if McHale is elected.

Anonymous said...

john stoffa is a lame duck.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, dude you really need to get a grip. All County employees learn to live with every Administration, that is government life. They also know you are tight with Stoffa, you are hearing what they want you to hear. It is called playing it safe.

Honestly, most county employees think Stoffa is OK but over his head in this job. They remember himn from before and are not surprised.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, dude you really need to get a grip. All County employees learn to live with every Administration, that is government life. They also know you are tight with Stoffa, you are hearing what they want you to hear. It is called playing it safe.

Honestly, most county employees think Stoffa is OK but over his head in this job. They remember himn from before and are not surprised.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Let me get this straight. First, you claim that the apparatchicks will privately condemn Stoffa as the worst of the worst. Then, you claim they privately believe Stoffa is OK, but is in over his head. Then, you claim they remember when he ran HS.

This is a load of total, unadulterated caca. First, most employees have not been here long enough to remember Stoffa when he directed Human Services here. Second, most of the workers are pleasantly surprised by Stoffa bc he is kind-hearted and down to earth with them. They think he's a little slow to move, but they know they can go to him with a problem.

The only employees who intensely dislike Stoffa are the following groups: (1) Deputy Sheriffs. Stoffa won't let them drive their cruisers home anymore and stick taxpayers with the cost of that perk. Stoffa may have made some mistakes with that crew, but they've made mistakes, too. (2) residual unit. they were the last to get a contract and blame Stoffa instead of looking at the unreasonableness of their own union reps. They are the group with "hit lists." (3) a small group who becoame so embittered as a result of wage freezes and layoffs that they are beyond hope. nothing anyone does will ever be enough.

I have a very good handle on how employees feel, and those who don't like Stoffa make it clear to me. Most of the workforce is ambivalent, to be honest. This is a job and the boss is the boss. The people who have been here longest tend to appreciate Stoffa and see his good qualities.

Sure, they complain. They complain about every exec. They even complained about Hartzell and Marty. But they're terrified of what will happen under McHale, who is not a nice person and not particularly honest either.

You have to remember one very important point. STOFFA DOES NOT WORK FOR THE COUNTY EMPLOYEES. His loyalty is to the taxpayers. There's an older couple who live across the street from him. They are on a fixed income and have worked hard their entire life. They see what little they have eaten away by increased taxes. Stoffa tells me before he finally moves on something, he likes to think about what impact it will have on that couple.

Anonymous said...

Since Ann McHale would toss Empress Connie Falk out on her ass and reform the HR department, employees are egarly awaiting a change.

Stoffa has not listened to employees and has been very clear that he could care less about employee issues. He is a stubborn, mean spirited guy who feels it is his way or the highway.

Spin it all you like but this Administration except for a couple exceptions is not liked very much.