Joe Sestak found the right exit for the Bowers Hotel (inside local joke) last night and appeared at an event for 187th House candidate Joe Haas. The Admiral and former Congressman has been traveling all across the state supporting individual candidates. He even made it all the way to Erie. I noticed he’s inserted new material pertinent to the Governor’s race into his stump speech.
Pride in the Park was held yesterday in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley LGBT community came out on a cool, overcast day to celebrate. Several State House candidates attended and reinforced their support for equality. These included Mike Schlossberg, Kevin Deely, Leslie Altieri and Joe Haas.
Jerame Davis, Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats spoke about the gains made under President Obama and urged support for the Respect For Marriage Act and ENDA Employment Non-Discrimination Act). His partner Bill Browning of The Bilerico Project also spoke. They made the four hour trip from DC to lend their support for the Obama campaign and LGBT rights. Adrian Shanker, President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania invited them and did the introductions.
Mike Morrill of Keystone Progress was there along with son Noah:
Liz Bradbury and Trish Johnson were working for Pennsylvania Diversity Network:
Gary Day sits in the State House representing Lehigh and Berks Counties and two men want his seat. Both are residents of Kutztown and last evening they debated at the Kutztown Area Democratic Club. I recently interviewed Haas for the blog. Bill Bispels is an attorney who co-founded Berks Gas Truth and is largely running on the issue of fracking. He also wants to reform the prison system which he sees as wasteful of taxpayer resources. He is an active member of KADC.
Joe Haas is a technology consultant who has worked on campaigns in the Wisconsin recall effort, in Kansas and Tennessee as part of a combined campaign effort to elect Democrats. When I spoke with him recently he had already knocked on over 1,000 doors. Bispels referred to himself several times as a libertarian which concerns me. Libertarians want little to no government and are on the right wing. Joe, while not as progressive as I’d like (he favors term limits which means legislators have little thorough knowledge of issues) is clearly to the left of Bispels. One especially good idea of Joe’s is to pass a gas extraction tax to pay for schools. He also thinks issues like sludge and fracking are secondary to job creation and restoring the massive cuts to education and welfare done by the Corbett Administration and supported by incumbent Gary Day. The room was mall and full so I had to rotate the camera as the candidates spoke, sorry for any slip ups. Mike Morrill was the debate moderator.
Joseph Haas is running for the Pennsylvania House in the 187th District which includes parts of both Berks and Lehigh Counties. Gary Day is the incumbent and he co-sponsored the vaginal ultrasound bill which recently died in Harrisburg. If you’re a woman you cannot trust Mr. Day to protect your rights. Mr. Haas will.
I met Joe at a coffee shop in Kutztown where we chatted about a number of issues. Unfortunately the camera ( a new one) missed the first part so the video picks up where we spoke about Voter ID and on from there. He has been endorsed by Equality Pennsylvania.
Also running in the primary is attorney Bill Bispels who got on the ballot after challenging the dismissal of his petitions (they were a real mess and the Dept of State rejected them on filing day). He seems to be running on only two issues, fracking being the primary focus of his campaign. Unfortunately hydrofracturing is here to stay. There’s much too much money at stake and all we can realistically do is limit the areas to be drilled, regulate the industry, pass a fair extraction tax and insure our water supplies remain safe. Campaigning on a complete moratorium shows an absence of reality.