Gene Stilp made his name going around the region with a giant pink pig designed to shame public servants who were greedy. BonusGate was his major issue and he railed against those elected officials who used taxpayer resources for political purposes. Now he’s running for Congress against Lou Barletta. They had a debate the other night and the Congressman didn’t have the balls to show up. Instead he sent staffer Shawn Kelly. Kelly isn’t on Lou’s campaign he is a taxpayer paid Congressional staffer. Taxpayer compensated employees doing political work on the public dime is illegal and the fuel on which Stilp has made his name by focusing on it. How stupid do you have to be then to send such a staffer to debate him?
If it turns out any public funds were expended to send Kelly to this debate (cars, meals, cell phone use, etc) then Lou Barletta broke the law. Interestingly Gort 42 says that when he contacted Kelly in the past about political questions the staffer correctly said he couldn’t respond. That ethical stand obviously didn’t last for long. Did Kelly violate the Hatch Act? It certainly appears so.
As protesters massed before a giant, inflatable liberty bell brought by Congressional candidate Gene Stilp, the Corbett Administration confessed in a court document that no cases of voter fraud exist in Pennsylvania. The stipulation is part of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of PA along with the NAACP and other parties. It is a sworn court document. It means they have no valid, reasonable legal defense for spending millions of tax dollars enacting a poll tax.
Sec. of State Carol Aichele, who infamously moved a polling place in Chester County so Black students at Lincoln University couldn’t vote, is enforcing this law. Is Carol Aichele a racist? That’s a question I wasn’t able to ask her yesterday after her press secretary cut off my line of questioning. It is one she must answer however. She is systematically disenfranchising thousands of African-Americans across the Commonwealth.
I challenged her talking point yesterday when she tried to explain away the lack of cases. Her only response to me was to repeat her talking point. She’s a liar.
When she used an anecdote about her time as Chester County Commissioner to relate an instance where someone attempted to impersonate a voter and was challenged by a poll worker I pointed out she had just proven the old system worked. She didn’t like our exchange and was rescued before I completely eviscerated her before the state’s media.
Here’s an interview I did with Rev. David Bullock about Voter ID: