|Tea Party rally last summer|
On February 18, Easton Area Democrats hosted a candidates' night. Sam Murray spoke, and Abe Kassis arrived just as the meeting was ending. He did say that he was late because he was at another meeting. What he failed to say is that the other meeting that night was with the tea party.
Abe spoke there as well, and managed to get signatures from tea party hard-liners that include its Chairman, Ronnie Del Bacco. Last Summer, DelBacco staged a protest at KidsPeace, aimed at undocumented and unaccompanied children who, through no fault of their own, ended up in this country. At one point, he decided to lead everyone in prayer. He forgot that Someone once said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me."
Kassis also received the endorsement of Tom Campione, who is currently threatening to sue municipalities who don't allow gun nuts to prance through parks with a six-pack in one hand, and a six-shooter in the other.
Tea party hardliners like Bethlehem Tp Comm'r Pat Breslin, who voted against a no-tax hike budget because it included a slight increase in wages for non-union employees, flocked to the Kassis banner.
Saucon Valley School Director Bryan Eichfeld, who recently advocated replacing what he calls propaganda about global warming with "true science," is on the Kassis bandwagon. Eichfeld also objected to the formation of a UNICEF club at the Saucon Valley School district.
The tea party likes Abe so much that Tom Carroll, one of its leaders, began circulating for Abe himself. Carroll is a former judicial candidate himself, but was crushed by Jennifer Sletvold. I believe Carroll and other tea party hardliners blame Scomilio for this defeat.
When you solicit the support of extremists, I have to wonder about your own views, particularly when you're running for judge.