“America’s Mayor” came to Wilkes-Barre on Monday to stump for Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta. The two Republicans greeted about 300 people paid $75 a person to attend the event at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center.
Rudy Giuliani, the two term New York City Mayor, best known for his leadership after the 9/11 terrorist attacks praised his fellow Mayor, saying that Barletta was the right man to replace thirteen term incumbent Paul Kanjorski. Giuliani, with Barletta by his side, met with members of the media prior to the event at the Luzerne County Republican headquarters in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Prior to meeting with the press, Giuliani stopped for a cigar at City Tobacco in Edwardsville. Baseball, particularly the New York Yankees, not politics was the subject of conversation. Giuliani sat in the City Tobacco cigar lounge for about an hour and greeted and conversed with a number of patrons. Barletta joined Giuliani, as staffers for the both mayors looked on.
“The most important vote Lou will cast is his first.” Giuliani said, referring to the election of the Speaker of the House in January, 2011. If the Republicans regain the majority, they would elect their own Speaker, appoint all the committee chairpersons, and control the agenda of the House of Representatives.
House Speaker “Nancy Pelosi’s liberal policies may be good for San Francisco, but they’re not good for Pennsylvania or New York,” Giuliani said at the 5pm press conference.
Giuliani stressed Barletta’s three term tenure as Mayor of Hazleton. He said being a mayor of any size city is a very challenging job, and that Barletta has done a great job running the city of Hazleton of the past ten years. The Kanjorski campaign disagreed.
Statement from Kanjorski Campaign
Ed Mitchell, spokesperson for the Kanjorski campaign issued the following response.
“Predictably, former New York city mayor Rudy Giuliani sang the praises of Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta at a press conference in Wilkes-Barre today.
Obviously the New York city resident hasn’t been to Hazleton lately. Maybe he’s making too much money with his Wall Street friends and is pre-occupied launching another failed presidential campaign.
If Giuliani went to Hazleton, he’d find a decrepit infrastructure of pot-holed streets and a deteriorated downtown. The unemployment rate is at a statewide high of 15.6% and the Mayor laid off 11 employees today to avoid bankruptcy which is in Hazleton’s future. He’s raising taxes and fees and trying to sell the water authority which will increase utility rates. All this doesn’t even mention he is shipping in pollution to a landfill, threatening the health of city residents.
And Giuliani is applauding this record! Wow.
The former Mayor should go home to New York and avoid being a Republican, partisan cheerleader for Barletta like he was in 2008 when voters rejected his endorsement “
Barletta is seeking to oust Kanjorski, who is seeking election to a fourteenth term in Congress from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district. The 11th contains all of Carbon, Columbia, and Monroe Counties. It also encompasses parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, including the cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton.
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