Monday, April 20, 2015
Ron Angle - The Reluctant Controller Candidate?
"We have no candidate for controller in Northampton County. No one came forward to put their name in, ... So the party has decided I'm their candidate. They've endorsed me. They want me to run. But the decision will have to be made by at least 250 people.That's what's required to get on the ballot.
"Here's what I will say about that. ... A couple of years ago, I told the people the truth in this County about Gracedale. I took an unpopular stand and told you the truth. I didn't tell you what you wanted to hear because it's not my style to tell you what you want to hear. I believe in telling you the truth.
"The last projection is that [Gracedale] will cost you $12 million in a couple of years instead of $5 million.
"I told you the truth, and people throwed me out of office. What a wonderful way for me to go because i wouldn't want to go any other way....
"Somebody needs to be the financial fiscal watchdog of the county. That;s what that office of Controller needs to be. Not somebody who goes down to the union hall every afternoon. ... I can give you a whole list of things that Steve Barron does. But one thing he does not do - he's not the financial fiscal watchdog of the county. I know Northampton County inside and out, and I can tell you what's right and I can tell you what's wrong. As controller, I can't make anything happen. I can merely point out to the Council, the Executive and the taxpayers what is wrong. And there's things that could be corrected. .
"The party seems to want me to be their candidate. They've endorsed me - I didn't request it by the way. I don't know if I've ever been endorsed. I've been thrown out of a lot of places, but never endorsed. If 250 people are bold enough to write my name in, I can assure you I will run one helluva' campaign in the fall against Steve Barron.