Monday, August 29, 2005

Sayre, PA, Evening Times - Cult Member Bill Scranton Attacks Ed Rendell's Values

Sayre, PA, Evening Times:

Cult Member Bill Scranton Attacks Ed Rendell's Values

"Gubernatorial candidate visits Pickett barbecue

Bill Scranton, a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, gestures while speaking during Saturday's fourth annual Tina Pickett Barbecue, held on the Elliot farm in Rome Township. Photo by Warren Howeler
By WARREN HOWELER--Times Asst. Managing Editor
ROME TOWNSHIP -- In addition to the various other government officials and over 100 supporters, the Fourth Annual State Rep. Tina Pickett Barbecue Saturday played host to a special guest -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Scranton.

Scranton visited the barbecue -- which was held at the farm of Tom and Diane Elliott -- as part of his campaign pledge to visit all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

Scranton served as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor from 1979 to 1987, and narrowly missed being elected as governor in 1986.

"We have to replace this guy (Ed Rendell) that we have in Harrisburg," Scranton said, which brought cheers to those who attended Saturday's event. "I don't know whose values he follows, but they are not Bradford County's values. I have so many good friends here helping me and supporting me. We do have a primary, so I need, want, and ask you for your help."

Mike Narsavage, from U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's office, also visited Saturday's picnic.

"On behalf of Sen. Santorum, I want to thank everyone in Bradford County for their support," said Narsavage. "We're going to have a very tough election next year. It is going to be a very close election and we're going to need those counties (Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna) to turn out for us. We're very eager to talk about our record in Pennsylvania, because we have a very good record for Pennsylvania.

"You will know what our record is," Narsavage continued. "You will know where Sen. Santorum stands, but we don't know where our opponent (Democrat Bob Casey Jr.) stands and that's a problem. We're going to try to get him (Casey) out and tell the people of Pennsylvania where he stands, because we have a clear record and when you put our record side-to-side, there is going to be no doubt who is the better person for Pennsylvania, and that's Rick Santorum."

Also in attendance during the annual barbecue was U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Tunkhannock.

"I've had some fun in the last two weeks," he said. "I've been able to announce $3.5 million worth of fire grants for our volunteer fire companies across the 10th Congressional District. That's something that has been long needed. Kurt Wheldon and I, in my term in congress, were able to get passed that initial legislation. It was only $100 million and now we've got it up to seven times that, and it is finally starting to make a dent in our needs for equipment in Northeastern Pennsylvania."

Sherwood said he has also asked President George W. Bush to "very gently" release the country's strategic petroleum reserves.

"(This) will break the cycle of speculation, because we don't need $2.70 (a gallon) fuel prices," he said. "It is not good for a rural economy, and I don't think there is any real need for it."

Everyone who spoke during Saturday's barbecue praised Pickett and the efforts he has put forth as the representative of Pennsylvania's 110th Legislative District.

Pickett, in turn, thanked everyone who attended the event.

"I really, really appreciate it," the Wysox Republican said. "I appreciate the support and the opportunity to represent you in Harrisburg."

One person who was not able to attend Saturday's event was state Sen. Roger Madigan, R-Luthers Mills, who will be undergoing open heart surgery this Tuesday, Pickett said.

"We wish him the best, keep him in our prayers and make sure that we are thinking of him as he goes through this," Pickett said.

State representatives are often told that they are a reflection the legislative district they representative, Pickett said.

"And if that is true, then I think that I am reflecting a very wonderful district and all the different parts of it," she said. "I often think about it as I drive around. We have this wonderful open farm land in this area that is so incredibly beautiful. We have a balance in our economy of good companies and good corporations that provide us with good jobs. We have a huge entrepreneurial spirit this area (with) many, many small businesses that we are very proud of and appreciate having here, and do everything we can to help them.

"We have wonderful volunteer groups, whether it is our law enforcement, our fire companies, our community groups, (and) our churches," she continued. "So often when I am invited into a school or I'm invited to maybe an Eagle Scout ceremony, or some sort of a youth award ceremony, I'm reminded that we have a wonderful future in store for us here too because our kids are wonderful. They are somebody to be really inspired by and I always tell them that 'I come to the events so that I can meet you because I know that you're what is going to make our future as wonderful as our past and our present is in this country.'"

Warren Howeler can be reached at whoweler@morning-times.com"

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