Dumb and dumber
Democratic Treasurer Rob McCord’s campaign announcement speech was a hit with supporters in the room at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell.
Republicans however, were not pleased with one section of the address.
It wasn’t the part where McCord dissed powdered milk and talked about wolfing down his neighbors’ Oreo cookies as a youngster or the bit where he pointed out Joe Hoeffel’s mustache as an indicator that the former Democratic congressman and Montgomery County commissioner is not running for public office.
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Nor was it the part where he mentioned that the young Al Gore looked like actor Christopher Reeve, or where he joked about the relative value of copulating earthworms.
Nope. It was this remark, made in describing his time as treasurer: “We reminded people that smart Democrats do a heck of a lot better job of running the economy and helping run the economy, not that all Republicans aren’t the smartest, but did a much better job than the dumb Republicans who try to govern by talking points, never created a job in their lives, don’t know how markets work, don’t know how pensions work, never touched anything more than crony capitalism.”
Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Robert Gleason responded with a long quote that ended by describing Democrats claiming fiscal high ground as “delusional.”
“Rob McCord has proved he is just not ready for prime time. He took a huge stumble out of the gate by calling Republicans names at his first campaign stop and insulting millions who have registered with the party that believes more freedom, smaller government and personal responsibility is the best way forward for our commonwealth.”
Voter registration deadline looming
The last day to register to vote is Oct. 7 for adults wanting their voices heard in the November general election.
Better hurry. This could be the last election where you do not have to produce a state-sanctioned voter ID card at your polling place. The rule is on hiatus pending the final outcome of a state lawsuit challenging the legality of the voter ID law.
However, you still need to be registered to vote at your local county board of elections.
Applications from Pennsylvanians registering for the first time, changing their address or changing their party affiliation must be postmarked or delivered to the applicant’s county board of elections by the close of business Oct. 7.
The Nov. 7 general election is primarily for local government offices — district attorney, coroner, mayor, city and borough council, township commissioner and supervisor, and school board members — but there are some races with statewide implications.
Voters will be asked to retain two state Supreme Court judges and one Superior Court judge. Voters also elect a new member of the Superior Court.
For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or go to http://www.VotesPA.com.
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