My dad, a lifetime Democrat, was a very conservative and good man. He was a staunch believer in the importance of Labor Unions. He worked as a laborer at Stegmaier Brewery on "Brewery Hill" in Wilkes-Barre until the Stegmaier label was purchased by the Lion Incorporated. At that time, the Lion proudly brewed Gibbons Beer. [G-I_B-B-O-N-S, pure refreshing Gibbons. If it's Gibbons, it's good so they next time should say gimme gimme gimme gimme Gibbons]
Stegmaier of course brewed a number of beers, including Stegmaier and Liebotschaner, and the company aged them on the left side of Market St. heading up Brewery Hill. [So! If you want a beer that's mellow, a beer that is really grand, say hey make mine Stegmaier, the gold medal beer of the land. And, so at home, or club, or tap rooms, always order the beer that they cheer. Served just right, mellow cool and light, Stegmaier Gold Medal Beer..]
My dad was pretty good at what he did and he took work seriously. For a number of years before its demise, Stegmaier had one of the fastest canning machines in Pennsylvania. My dad operated this behemoth single-handedly. For its day, it was an awesome machine. It put out 600 cans per minute. That's even fast according to today's standards. My dad was quite a guy.
My father and I regularly had discussions about beliefs and ideologies and which candidate truly was best for the job. More often than not, we were on the same page. My dad’s philosophy was that you should always vote for the best candidate for the job, not simply the political party. These discussions eventually prompted me to register not as an Independent, but as a Democrat.
There is a storm of discontent content brewing across the United States. You can feel it wherever you go. Regular Americans are beginning to pay attention to what our Congressional representatives have been doing against our will in Washington, D.C. Politics and government, and their collective effect on what's happening in America have become regular dinner table topics. I know nobody today who thinks President Obama is a good president. In fact most see him as the worst ever. Sometimes particular Democrats do not have it right. It is OK to be upset. It is OK to show some disgust for what these knaves are doing to us. It's OK.
What's not OK is to sit around and let them come back again in 2017 to inflict more harm on the American people. Vote them out. You have the power!
I decided to run for Congress as a write-in candidate because somebody has to represent US. I am a write-in because it means I do not have to suck up to the rich and powerful for donations. We need change more now than when we thought we needed change. What we do not need is the kind of change that exalts one man and attempts to silence a nation. I ask you to vote "for the people" in April and again in November this year, 2016. Vote out the proponents of big, intrusive, freedom-taking government and all the politicians will disappear overnight.
It seems the kind of change we have been getting from Congress is good only for the government and the bureaucrats, but not good for the freedom-loving people. While you and I are asking to have government less involved in our daily lives, Congress is throwing one freedom-stealing regulation after another on us on their way to making this a socialist nation. We can fix that. All we have to do is vote them out. I am running for Congress and I am a Democrat. Please do not vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Neither are my kind of Democrat.
You will see this message and hear this message a number of times on this site and in my campaign. It's time for self-interests and special interests to be sent home. Don't count on other states or other areas of our state to get this job done without our participation. It all starts at home. For US, that is Northeastern Pennsylvania, and its time has come. Good-by to all the incumbents who are contributing to the downfall of America. Good-by to Matt Cartwright and next year good-by to Bob Casey, and embarrassment to Northeastern PA. The 111th Congress was the worst Congress in American History. But, Matt Cartwright and the 114th Congress have nothing to write home about.
I would hope that by learning about who I am and where I am from and what I stand for, you will conclude that we have unity of purpose. I am one of the regular people in life. I believe that it is my time to serve and if you will permit me, I would be honored to be your Congressman for the people of the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
I wish you all the best.