Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Paul Kanjorski's Card Check Debacle

Last year Paul Kanjorski was a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act aka Card Check. In this story from the Washington Examiner by Kevin Mooney he highlights the "dirty" money Kanjorski received from unions with stellar?? credentials.

Kanjorski received the following dirty money: Communication Workers of America (PAC) $2,000 in 2008 election cycle. Boilermakers Union (PAC) $2,000 in 2008 election cycle. American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $2,500 in 2008 election cycle; $1,000 in 2006 election cycle. The Service Employees International Union (PAC) $4,000 in 2008 election cycle; $2,000 in 2006 election cycle. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $5,000 in 2010 election cycle; $10,000 in 2008 election cycle; $4,000 in 2006 election cycle. WHY IT'S DIRTY: Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy.

In his recent flap with Chris Carney the Politico writes about the intensity of the divide between Carney and Kanjorski over Kanjorski's vote against Carney for a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.

Second-term Rep. Chris Carney is accusing 25-year veteran Paul Kanjorski, who represents a neighboring northeastern Pennsylvania district, of stabbing him in the back by voting for Rep. Patrick Murphy when the Pennsylvania delegation used secret ballots to recommend a Murtha successor to the Democratic Steering Committee, which hands out committee assignments.

Isn't there a double standard where Kanjorski is concerned in this matter?
Kanjorski’s camp says it’s impossible for anyone to know how he voted on a secret ballot.

Geez Paul, Card Check would remove workers’ rights to a federally supervised private ballot election. Instead, workers would be asked to sign cards in front of organizers and colleagues, potentially subjecting them to harassment or intimidation. Paul supports that system for the rest of us just not himself. Typical for this congressman.

Kanjorski suffered a mortal wound in this situation. Lackawanna County knows the meaning of a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Yes, Paul shares Lackawanna County with Chris Carney. The Joseph McDade Terminal serves as a monument to the amount of money McDade brought back to his district.

Joseph McDade also serves as a prime example in the federal investigation into Fort Mifflin Reclammation Associates and Hazleton Creek Properties. Don't rush to judgment on this issue. No one has been charged yet but sure as shit Mitchell already has the commercial produced and ready to air.

McDade was acquitted of bribery charges in 1996. His trial led to the passing of the McDade Amendment. Although McDade takes credit as the principal advocate for the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Kanjorski now wants those coattails.

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