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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Why Joanne Jackson Will Lose to Justin Simmons

Justin Simmons is a hard-core conservative Republican representing people from three different counties who have been thrown together in the 131st District. Since he first upset Karen Beyer in 2011, he has been targeted by Democrats and Republicans alike. He has always come out on top, and I expect to see him pull a repeat performance again this year. That's pretty much because his opponent, write-in Joanne Jackson, is waging the same kind of dark campaign that has repeatedly blown up in the faces of other candidates.

I probably agree with Justin about five percent of the time. But he is one of the legislators who helped to remove the EIT tax grab from the NIZ legislation. He is a cosponsor to bipartisan gerrymander reform legislation proposed by State Senator Lisa Boscola and State Rep. Dave Parker. He is also one of the best debaters I've ever seen. He responds to every phone call and email and answers every question I have, even when we disagree. Transparency and accountability are very important to me, so I have supported him, and will continue to do so.

His Democratic opponent, Joanne Jackson, entered this race as a write-in candidate, and only because she claimed to be worried that Simmons' GOP opponent was going to ask Dems to vote for him. She found herself the nominee, and decided to give it a go.

She has been elected as an Allentown School Director, so she knows how to run a race. But she will lose.

She will raise far less money that Justin, but that's not why she'll lose.

She's in a Republican District, but that's not why she'll lose.

She'll lose because she's making the same mistake as Justin's previous opponents.

A few weeks ago, she was actually knocking on the doors of Justin's GOP supporters and telling them to remove yard signs they had planted at their homes. She apparently was unaware that the First Amendment trumps any attempt by local government to curb political speech. In fact, it is Democrats who filed a federal lawsuit over these unconstitutional ordinances several years ago.

I can understand Jackson being confused about free speech. But it takes a lot of nerve to knock on a homeowner's door and tell him to take down a sign. Especially when you're wrong. News like that gets around pretty fast, so my guess is that she lost a lot of ground with that mistake.

But that's not why she'll lose, either.

A few days ago, I received an invitation from Jackson to like an amateurish site called "Justin Simmons' Horror Stories". It depicts Justin as some sort of Dracula and is resurrected before every race. It's full of all kinds of hokey, personal attacks. I was offended.

That's why she's going to lose. Simmons is a fierce campaigner who subscribes to the Charlie Dent admonition that there's only two ways to run - hard or unopposed.

She should ask Simmons' previous opponents how their negative campaigns worked out for them.

Justin can be beaten, but not this way.

He wins in November.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is also whacky. That may not be an asset.

Anonymous said...

She's simply a marginal candidate.

Anonymous said...

@7:31 You must be one of horror stories supporters. The personal attacks like that is the very reason, people like me keep voting for Justin. You need to read Bernie's article. Your tactics aren't working!

Anonymous said...

She is unstable and has a bad temper. We don't need a self serving person that only, wants to be state representative for the salary & attention.

Anonymous said...

Jackson treats people in the community like they are students in her classroom. Her condescending attitude and disciplinarian nature, towards adults has made her disreputable. She can't go around screaming at people, calling them names and act like that you are better than them. No one likes being treated like this! We aren't her students. We are the voters and taxpayers! And God help anyone that had her as a student!

Anonymous said...

She is always posting endorsements that you have to pay hundreds for a piece of paper. Does she really think that people are that stupid? Her phony endorsements are not working. It just proves that she is desperate.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I deleted comment at 7:31

Anonymous said...

Her attention seeking behavior has gotten out of hand. She is always making accusations that people are mistreating her. When in actuality, it's her underhanded, lying behavior that has caused the problem. Playing the victim makes you look weak and unfit for such an important position. Her strategy isn't working.

Anonymous said...

I attended the Coopersburg town hall that was presented by State representative Justin Simmons and Jackson attended this function, as well. Afterwards, a group of the attendees noticed that it took two people. And, I mean two people had to assist Jackson to her vehicle that was only, 10 feet away. Not only, is she physically unfit to run for office. She is mentally unfit.

Anonymous said...

This woman attempted to friend Rep. Simmons' supporters. I can think of only one who took the bate. Here is what her MO is. She throws out lies about Rep. Simmons and his team, and when she is asked for proof she deletes the post and the person from her FB page. This has happened on numerous occasions,and there are screenshots for when she denies it. She follows up with things like SHE is being harassed or SHE is being followed. Here's an interesting tidbit....while she was on vacay last week not ONE issue with yard signs. hmmmmmm! This woman manipulates her own BS ....another reason Rep. Simmons will get re-elected. Thanks for bringing this to light Bernie!

Anonymous said...

I noticed Jackson's campaign slogan is "can do, will do." The words can and will should be removed and the new slogan should be "Doo,Doo!" Because, I think that this woman is full of poop!

Anonymous said...

I'm simply pissed off that Simmons supported defunding the gnat spraying. Penny wise, pound foolish. I invite him to come over to BBQ and sip ice-tea on my deck, but he can only wear shorts.

Anonymous said...

"We don't need a self serving person that only, wants to be state representative for the salary & attention."

Don't they all?

Anonymous said...

OK SO THIS IS THE BASH JACKSON SECTION......JUSTY IS NO SAINT BUT NONE OF THAT WILL GET PRINTED

Anonymous said...

Jackson resigned from the Allentown school board, then she changed her mind. I would never vote for someone that can't make up her mind. She is too unpredictable.

Anonymous said...

She brags about having worked in the prison. I guess no one told her that is where they place the unplaceable teachers. I'd stop bragging if I were her.

Anonymous said...

1036.. would you support a wheelchair confined person to a house seat? Just asking.

Anonymous said...

Well, 1:56 you forgot to tell the whole story of Jackson's tenure as school board director. She was caught lying about her residency. She lived in Center valley for two years, while all that time knowing that the requirement for this position. She knew that you have to have residency in Allentown. Check and read the articles in the Morning Call or in the Express Times, to verify. You will read about her lies and bad behavior, as it all played out during a school board meeting.

Anonymous said...

@10:36 I attended the same town hall meeting and Joanne Jackson isn't exactly robust. She looks unhealthy. She should stay in retirement and take care of herself. If, you can't even walk ten feet without the assistance of others. Just maybe, you should go home and stay at home.

Anonymous said...

Watch out Bernie! JJ will accuse of being nasty towards her. She always, plays the victim, when in fact she is the bully.

Anonymous said...

Joanne has definitely accomplished one thing in district 131. She has created a lengthy list of enemies.

Anonymous said...

Check out her campaign FB page. She has accused someone of verbal assault who she CLAIMS is from the opposition's camp, but ẃon't provide details. As for her stamina, does she realize the amount of walkīng one does in just one day at the capitol? This is no job for someone not in good health! Donating part of her salary....her gov. funded salary....well let's just say, if she doesn't NEED the money she would be better off asking for a cut in pay. After all, she is collecting her bountiful teacher's pension!

Bernie O'Hare said...

I bear her no animosity, but I am not going to "like" a page trashing someone I respect, and was offended to be asked to do so. I had asked her to be positive, and then got that request. .

Anonymous said...

At 5:51 Joanne is always accusing someone of verbally assaulting her. When in actuality, it's her that is doing the verbal assaults and making terrorist threats. Her condescending, punitive approach of threatening or trying to intimidate people just proves that she is a power driven or crazy person. I think that it is both characteristics. Not, exactly a good quality to have as a state rep.

Anonymous said...

Classic Joanne ..... she posted on her FB campaign page that someone assaulted her. When asked for more details, one of her supporters chastised the poster. Then I find the following on her personal page. Read what she is saying! She puts a sign on this man's yard, he yells, o she is offended and gong to report him!!! She is a lunatic!

the following taken from Jackson's personal FB page:


New persona on face book--Vernon Patterson--lives in Vermont--ha--today at the 4 way stop of Blue Church Road and Locust the black pickup truck that follows me stopped me on the road. The man had on a white baseball hat, eyeglasses, a close beard and mustache and a bale of hay in the back of the truck. He screamed at me about one of my signs on his propety on Limeport Pike. I am the only one putting out signs and I think that he just wanted to pick a fight with me. He screamed at me and charged his truck and then turned around in a drive way and came back fyling. I thought that he was going to hit me. He put his window down and started yelling again that if he ever found another sign on his yard he would take care of me and my campaign. I told him that I forgave him for acting so angry and so nasty to me. He said that he was up at 4 and that I must have slept in as a retiree. He zoomed off and left me in the dust. I am reporting him to the Township Police. Also, many of the signs that I placed have been removed probably by the face book troll Sarah Connor or Robert Catskill or maybe even Vernon Patterson. I can not believe that these folks can be so dangerous and really shouldn't be driving on the road.

Anonymous said...

After, reading the above comment I think that Joanne Jackson has delusions of persecution. It's a classic sign of someone that has a mental illness. She needs to take care of herself and not, run for a public office.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, thank you for the insightful article. I will be voting for Justin, enough said!

Anonymous said...

News has traveled fast in the community about JJ knocking on neighbors doors and leaving nasty notes. Hmmmm! She really doesn't understand freedom of speech; even though she has posted each amendment of the constitution on her facebook wall. Maybe, she needs to re-read it?

Anonymous said...

I would like to say, thanks for the informative piece. Bernie, you have really captured the essence of the dirty campaign tactics that has resurfaced each time Justin Simmons has sought re-election. I for one think that it reflects on the character of an individual. And it reflects badly, for Jackson and the same group of instigators/trouble makers. Therefore, I would never vote for a candidate that associates with mean-spirited or mudslinging individuals or does the same behavior themselves.

Anonymous said...

He ran on term limits. he lied. Another lying politician. Enough said!

Anonymous said...

He didn't lie. His constituents asked him to run again.Enough said!

Anonymous said...

Spin it any way you want 12:53. I gave my word but they twisted my arm. Heard it from many politicians before. Same old song and dance. They begged me, they need me.

In the end all you folks that want the non-politician honest guy, cave if it is your Party's guy lying to you.

Even if it comes out of an OX, it still smells like bullshit!

Anonymous said...

The Simmons' strategy team thinks he's Donald Trump now, that the path to victory is to challenge the "stamina" of his opponent. That is funny, but not as funny as the statement about how much one has to walk to be able to be a State Representative. I thought being able to chew gum would be a much more important skill. The land of minor league politics is amazing.

Anonymous said...

CLEARLY you have not spent one full day in Harrisburg. If she needs help going 20 feet how in the hell will she be able to hoof it about the Capitol! geesh

Anonymous said...

The only, strategy that the opposing team has is based on lies. First, lie is to attack Justin on term limits. People did ask him to run, again. He has been doing an excellent job representing his constituents in the 131 district. This strategy that he lied is insulting,towards the very voters that Joanne wants to represent. It just forces a juxtaposition of Jackson's own behavior. So, here a synopsis of Jackson's bad behavior, albeit lunacy. First and foremost,she has lied about her own political career, as a school board member. Her own residency came into question, as this member. When in fact, she actually lived in the Center Valley for 2 years and still served, as an Allentown school board member. A big lie! The next lie was the very reason she has been running for state representative. Allegedly, the only real reason Joanne is running. She just wants the salary! And the last lie, has been about her stamina. That she is robust, not true! Therefore, none of her statements or the ones made by her political advisors if, you want to call them that are true. This just causes one to conclude that, you can't run a campaign with deceptive practices. It will impact you negatively, at the polls. It will result in Justin winning, again!

Anonymous said...

I will be self term limited. I lied.

No people were in the streets rending their cloths, screaming run Justin, run. I remember the scene they needed to call the police. It was almost a riot.

Anonymous said...

1:53 There is no Simmons strategy. Simmons doesn't take her seriously because Joanne is a lunatic. The Democratic establishment doesn't take her seriously. The voters don't take her seriously. A campaign doesn't even have to be run because JJ is such a mess.

She has no shot and is just making an ass of herself around the district.

Anonymous said...

Everybody in the 131st knows that Joanne got her whacko niece hired at Southern Lehigh when Joanne taught there. Her niece had "mental health" meltdowns, bullied students who didn't agree with her politically, and shopped online when she should've been teaching.

She actually got fired!!!! Even the PSEA wanted her gone.

Jackson will actually underperform the straight democrat ticket vote because of her family reputation of wackiness and her behavior on the campaign trail.

#WhackoJacko

Anonymous said...

#whackoJacko I heard all about the fired niece. She also, was more into her appearance than teaching. She was constantly applying her make-up during class. She should of been teaching. Period! But, unfortunately vanity and lunacy runs deep within this dysfunctional family.

Anonymous said...

At 7:35 No sane person would be running around screaming, unless you are crazy Joanne.

Anonymous said...

really enjoying the entertainment!

Joanne Jackson said...

These are the people supporting the incumbent. Well, you are liars and really miserable souls that can't even put your names to the comments. This, in itself, demonstrates your shame based personalities and are weak and sick. And, I believe that these comments have come from those that need the incumbent to be re-elected in order for them to have a job. The incumbent has never worked in the private sector. This says something that I think is important. Those of you who are saying that I am mentally unstable are so biased and there are tons of people with mental issues who work and are assets to their community. Shame on you for discriminating against them. And, I was not helped to my car. What a lame thing to say about me. I wasn't going to post but wow--this is so demonstrative of what "monsters" and unhappy people live in this community. I forgive you all but also feel sorry for you. You talk to any student that I ever taught and they have become such wonderful professionals, parents, and more. I did not buy any award that was given to me and you are grasping at the most desperate acts. I really feeling sorry for you and your lives. You will not rent space in my mind after this post.

Anonymous said...

Joanne - you think the people you are asking to represent in Harrisburg are monsters? Do us a favor you narcissistic old bag, go move back to Allentown where you belong.

You have no idea what you're in for on election day. You are going to be heckled and told off by so many voters because of your opinion of them.

You really should drop out.

Anonymous said...

Well, JJ the incumbent has proven that he represents his constituents well. And as far as a job, it's you that wants the job as state rep. It's you that has been going around the district being an idiot or ass. It's you Joanne that has worked as a teacher and you are now, receiving a substantial pension. And it's you that has discredited yourself. It's you Joanne that has been behaving badly. So, take a good look in the mirror and you will see the lying, deceptive and nasty person reflecting back at you. Last of all, no can rent space in your mind because......you have mental health issues. Go take care of yourself and drop out of the race!

Anonymous said...

So, now JJ is calling the voters monsters and unhappy people. Lovely, calling people that you want to represent names, will never get them to vote for you!

Anonymous said...

2:52: "lying, deceptive and nasty person"

Sounds like Bernie O'Hare and Justin Simmons.

Don't worry, Bernie will take this down as soon as he sees it and then proclamate that I don't understand his juvenile rules about posting on this silly blog.

Anonymous said...

Geez! Here we go again! The same tactics that didn't work before, calling people names like childish or juvenile. Same old, same old! Justin has my vote for sure.

Anonymous said...

Joanne is such a whack job. Everywhere Justin has signs on people's PRIVATE property she will put like 4 signs somewhere nearby on public property. Sometimes she even just puts the signs on private property without asking and then that person owning that property tells her to take it down and she says she's being bullied.

The woman is a complete nut case. No wonder where her whacko niece gets it from.

#WhackoJacko

Anonymous said...

WhacoJacko also doesn't know that relatives of her ex-husband live in the district and know what a whack job she is.

They know she would have mental health breakdowns and was a narcissistic b**** who only cared about herself.

That's why she was so stupid to tell people on local boards that she was running for the salary.

Everything in Joanne's life is about Joanne.

Anonymous said...

#WhackoJacko Her reputation of having a bad temper, being boastful, self-centered & moody, etc....... People know what she is about! It's always about Joanne and Joanne, only!

Bernie O'Hare said...

I think all points tht need to be made have been made, and things are getting repetitive and nasty. I am closing comments.