Six candidates for Lt. Governor debated Saturday at the 2014 Pennsylvania Progressive Summit. There was little public disagreement except on the issue of fracking. Brenda Alton and Brad Koplinski were vocal in their opposition and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith was out of his element in his strong support of the practice. Bradford County is on the state’s Northern Tier and is the most drilled county in the Commonwealth. Alton was very good n the issues but no one knows who she is and she has no traction in the race. She acknowledged there are some economic benefits but asked “At what cost?” which is the heart of the issue. Koplinski mentioned New York’s moratorium then cited Pennsylvania’s many mistakes and said perhaps New York is waiting to learn from how we are screwing it all up.
Jay Paterno, a recent entry into the race showed up and was very knowledgeable on the issues. I didn’t agree with everything he said but he surprised me with his breadth of information. State Sen. Mike Stack was impressive though he did mis speak about spending more on prisons than education. We’re spending more on prisons than we are on HIGHER education, not education in total. The straw poll came out with Koplinski on top with 59.7%, Mike Stack at 22.7%, Brenda Alton 10.4%, Mark Critz 4.5%, Mark Smith with a paltry 1.3% and Jay Paterno 0.6%.
Sen. Mike Stack
Here’s a chunk of the debate before my battery ran out: