Din­ni­man re­sponds to Chesco GOP chair­man

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To the Edi­tor: Val DiGior­gio is so ob­sessed with the fact that there is a Demo­crat in the mostly Repub­li­can Ch­ester County leg­isla­tive del­e­ga­tion that his phony at­tacks on me have be­come an un­for­tu­nate part of his per­sona.

Val, who is a paid Har­ris­burg lob­by­ist, knows that 96 per­cent of the votes in the se­nate are ei­ther unan­i­mous, pro­ce­dural, or have only one or two dis­senters. Thus, he know­ingly made a fal­la­cious com­par­i­son in say­ing that I only voted with the Repub­li­cans 35 times out of 1,597 roll call votes since Jan­uary 2009.

I’ve been elected and re­elected in Ch­ester County be­cause vot­ers here are fiercely in­de­pen­dent and still care deeply about the sub­stance of is­sues, not Val’s phony sta­tis­tics.

Let’s look at my votes over the last year. They clearly show that I lis­ten and re­spond to my con­stituents, who sup­port me at their in­de­pen­dent voice.

I voted for Act 39, up­dates to the liquor law, which mean that you will in­creas­ingly be able to buy wine in gro­cery stores and six packs of beer in con­ve­nience stores. Each month the num­ber of such op­por­tu­ni­ties grows. I was one of only two Democrats who voted with the Repub­li­cans to cre­ate a more pri­va­tized and con­sumer-ori­en­tated sys­tem. We, of course, still have more work to do.

I crossed party lines to re­solve last year’s bud­get im­passe and pre­vent the clos­ing of pub­lic schools and other im­por­tant non­profit so­cial ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, which would have oc­curred if the dead­lock con­tin­ued. I strongly believe it was the right ac­tion to take and I was the only Demo­crat to do so.

I joined with a hand­ful of Democrats who voted with the Repub­li­cans in the se­nate to fi­nally bring about pen­sion re­form, by putting new em­ploy­ees into a sys­tem that in­cluded 401Ktype plans.

I voted to elim­i­nate the prop­erty tax and was part of a bi­par­ti­san coali­tion of se­na­tors who pushed for the bill. We lost in a tie vote, but have re­grouped and are pre­pared to work for changes to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce or elim­i­nate the prop­erty tax in the 2017 ses­sion.

On the en­vi­ron­ment and open space, I joined with a coali­tion of sub­ur­ban Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic se­na­tors to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and land­scapes. That’s why I am en­dorsed by the Sierra Club, Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers, and Clean Wa­ter Ac­tion.

I voted with both Repub­li­cans and Democrats to sup­port and pro­tect our emer­gency first re­spon­ders. That’s why I am en­dorsed by the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice, the Ch­ester County Po­lice Chiefs As­so­ci­a­tion, the Penn­syl­va­nia Pro­fes­sional Fire Fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, and five fire­fighter and emer­gency re­sponse groups in Ch­ester County.

Over the sum­mer, when I’d walk by the Repub­li­can head­quar­ters in West Ch­ester, I saw only Jack Lon­don signs in the win­dow. There were none for Don­ald Trump, Pat Toomey, John Rafferty, or any of the other Repub­li­can can­di­dates. I asked Repub­li­can lead­ers what Val’s ob­ses­sion was in fo­cus­ing all his at­tacks and en­ergy on me. The con­sis­tent an­swer was, “Andy, you need to un­der­stand that Val wants to be chair­man of the Repub­li­can state com­mit­tee and be­lieves that de­feat­ing you – the only Demo­crat from Ch­ester County – is his ticket to ob­tain that po­si­tion.” So, that is why Val is us­ing his Philadel­phia-style pol­i­tics against me.

My an­swer to Val is this . . . get over your ob­ses­sion. Time after time, both Repub­li­can and Demo­crat vot­ers in Ch­ester County have elected a sen­a­tor who thank­fully doesn’t an­swer to you. After all, that’s what it means to be an in­de­pen­dent voice. Also, based on re­cent polling, Val’s ut­ter lack of at­ten­tion on or sup­port for other GOP can­di­dates be­sides Jack Lon­don will prob­a­bly lead to at least two lo­cal Democrats win­ning seats in the state house. That sure is an un­usual way to get elected state party chair.

Val, if you wanted to run against me, you should have had the courage to put your own name on the bal­lot. In­stead, you are try­ing to launch your cam­paign for Repub­li­can party chair be­hind Jack Lon­don as your smoke­screen.


State Sen­a­tor Andy


Can­di­date for Re­elec­tion in the 19th Dis­trict

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