CD 15 Endorsement

I attended two of the the debates between Jackson Eaton and Rick Daugherty for the Democratic nomination to face Charlie Dent in the fall.  Neither guy inspired me as a progressive therefore I’m not going to endorse either.  I support and endorse progressives here and coming out in favor of someone not proudly flying the progressive banner isn’t my style.

My issue with Daugherty is mostly around abortion.  He notes he is “pr0 life” which means anti choice.  No person has the right to tell any other person what they may or may not do with their body.  Men, especially, have no idea what it means to be pregnant and raise a child.  He is also a hawk on Iran, the latest effort by conservatives to drag us into an unwinnable war on false pretenses.

Eaton favors cutting Social Security and said he supported the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission to do so.  There were no recommendations from that body.  Someone running for Congress should know these facts before Charlie Dent slices and dices him with them.  He also supported attacks on Iran to protect Israel.  Our strategic national security interests are not those of Israel.

If I had to choose my vote would go to Daugherty on the strength of his support for organized labor but neither guy gets my endorsement.

PA-15 Congressional Debate Eaton and Daugherty

Jackson Eaton and Rick Daugherty held another debate last night, this time in Kutztown at the Kutztown Area Democratic Club.  Last Thursday they met in Annville at Lebanon Valley College.  This time the questions and answers were somewhat similar but there were some new ones.  Eaton keeps mentioning that he supports the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission on deficit reduction.  That Commission issued no recommendations because they couldn’t muster enough votes supporting cutting Social Security cuts.  Embracing Simpson-Bowles means cutting Social Security.

Social Security did not cause or add tot he deficit and doesn’t need to be cut.  Daugherty advocates eliminating the wage cap which makes the program solvent for the entire future.  In fact it could increase benefits if that were done, something seniors really need.

Deficit reduction during lean economic times isn’t smart economics.  The lavish spending on tax cuts for the rich, borrowed money for wars of choice and deregulation of markets which crashed them is what created the deficits.  With the crash of markets in 2008 deficit spending is critical to recovering our economic mess.

Eaton, on the other hand, is 100% pro choice while Daugherty is not.  Rick describes himself as a Casey Democrat on women’s issues.  Sen. Casey, of course, is no friend to women’s reproductive rights.  Daugherty does support the Employee Free Choice Act.  I ran out of battery power towards the end but those questions were the same as last week.

Mike Morrill of Keystone Progress moderated the debate.

PA-15 Democratic Congressional Debate

Democratic Congressional candidates Rick Daugherty and Jackson Eaton debated last evening at Lebanon Valley College.  They are challenging incumbent Republican Charles Dent in the newly reconfigured District.  The 15th traditionally covered the Lehigh Valley and included two precincts in Berks County the last decade.  Now it reaches into Lebanon County which was in the 17th (Holden).  The CD was designed to be more Republican in order to protect Dent.

Rick Daugherty is a social worker for the Lehigh County Department of Aging and Chair of the Lehigh County Democratic Party (he has stepped down to run in this primary).  Eaton is an attorney who recently switched from being a Republican.  Neither candidate strike sme as a progressive after listening to last evening debate but I plan on interviewing each of them shortly and we’ll dig further into the issues.

One statement by Daugherty struck me when he said that 40% of federal spending is borrowed money.  That would mean that out of a trillion dollar budget we’d borrow $400 billion.  That isn’t true.  I don’t know if he misspoke or what.