It's almost over, really it is! And it's taking everything I have to write just one more Election 2012 post. Not sure I can make to the end, but the importance of this election mandates not only a change in The White House. This election calls for wholesale changes at the Congressional and Senate levels as well!
I have given you my reasonings for both Mitt Romney and Tom Smith for the Pennsylvania Senate race against Bob "Senator Zero" Casey. Now let's take a look at the race in the Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District.
I met Joe Rooney in February of this year as he made the rounds of the GOP establishment trying to drum up support for his primary candidacy. I was immediately impressed by Joe's honest, straight at you demeanor and his grasp of the important issues facing us. My reaction to his visit and remarks were that he was head-and-shoulders over the entire field that vied for the same primary endorsement in 2010. There were 5 .... or 6 candidates back then; and none of them seemed strong enough to shine their lights through brown bag, let alone in comparison to Allyson Schwartz. (Joe Rooney for Congress website)
But all that changed once Joe began laying out his background, experiences (including service to this Country as a Marine pilot flying F-4 Phantoms and F/A-18 Hornets, the mainstay of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps air fleets), and goals for Congressional service and the interests of PA 13th constituencies. Like many well-rounded military officers, Joe Rooney had his political game wound tightly and focused. He has confidence in his understanding of what the Country needs to be successful domestically, internationally, and Economically.
Joe Rooney is an American Optimist.
“The American economy can be the engine that drives the rest of the world out of the economic hole that currently exists.” - Joe Rooney
His message resonates with Everyone, whether you are hard-working mother or father trying to get your take-home pay to at wave to your Budget, if not actually meet it! It resonates with retirees on fixed incomes, with students who will be out looking for Jobs in the years to come. Joe's message will especially resonate with those who have been victimized by an Economy mired in 8% Unemployment, 12.3 million people out of Jobs, mounting debt both National (up from $10 trillion to $16 trillion during the Obama/Schwartz years) and personal.
One thing about Joe Rooney really impressed me. He was ready to take on all comers to earn the right to face Allyson Schwartz in this crucial election.
Allyson Schwartz of the 1% had an entirely different approach to entertaining an opposing voice in the Democrat primaries. She very coldly forced one Occupy Wall Street candidate, Nate Kleinman out of the primary race through dirty tricks (making a staff-less Kleinman sit with a team of Schwartz operatives to verify each individual nominating petition) and through financial intimidation (filing lawsuits intended to make Kleinman responsible for the legal costs incurred by the Schwartz campaign).
Not exactly the kind of free and open Democracy we are used to, eh? Why, it was downright Nixonian! Yes, Richard Millhouse would be very, very proud!
But that's what happens when The Queen rules the roost.
Schwartz has benefitted mightily from a wide array of political benefactors in the form of large dollar corporate donors and Political Action Committees.
Schwartz’s funding for the 2011-12 election cycle came primarily from large individual contributors (57%) and Political Action Committees (38%), only 3% came from small individual contributors. Her biggest corporate and association sponsors include Comcast Corp, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Her top industry support comes from lawyers, health professionals, pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
Not exactly residents of the 99% …
Now no one really knows how the headline political confrontation will end up Tuesday - or whenever the last Electoral College votes get cast; but certainly it's easy to see which candidate in the PA's 13th Congressional District is more like you and me!
It's Joe Rooney for Congress!