Oct 28, 2011

New Slate Member


Last week I received the oversized postcard with the Republican Slate for County Commissioners. These giant postcards have become the mailer of choice for politicians. Although there are four open seats, and four Republicans running, the Slate only contains three members; Scott Ott, Lisa Scheller and Vic Mazziotti. It seems that the fourth Republican, Brad Osborne, wasn't part of the cooperative effort stemming back to the primary. It's my understanding that the Slate was created to oust Dean Browning, for not toting the party line. Frankly, such political nuances don't interest me. I prefer to dwell on the issues, not the characters. As I approached my special archival container for political mailings, I noticed that the Slate now had a fourth member. Putting on my special glasses for political mailings, I saw that it was Geoff Brace. How could this be? The card was practically identical to last weeks, but the new, forth member is a Democrat? Turning the card over, the name linkage continues. Ott, Scheller, and Mazziotti, were now Ott, Scheller, Mazziotti and Brace. They've Got Plans...., They Will...., Vote For..., My first inquiry was to a long time Republican workhorse, who is currently disenchanted with the Republican Party leadership. I explained the card, and his initial reaction was perhaps the Slate was trying to tag team Osborne, as they had done against Browning. The address portion of the card does contain the sender's name, LVAR-PAC. That name didn't register with me or him. A call later in the evening, to Dean Browning, solved the mystery. LVAR is the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors. Browning believes that the association is supporting those four candidates because of their replies to a survey on county assessments and other real estate issues. I think most voters will find the card most confusing. If you didn't get one in the mail, click on both sides shown here, for a larger version.

6 comments:

binzley said...

MM is not looking behind the curtains of government or should I say at the fine print of his mail. if these folks are elected who will they owe?

Anonymous said...

the voting public?

binzley said...

error, my post should read "mm is NOW looking" not "not looking" I am getting old and cannot type well

Anonymous said...

So are these folks for a reassessment or against one?

Anonymous said...

What is the problem here? An organization sent a mailer with 3 R's and a D. My guess is that most of your readers are going to be mad that they didn't endorse only R's. That's just horrible.

But what a concept: a Democrat who isn't afraid to find ways to control spending. I guess only Republicans can do that.

For what it's worth, I don't think the Gang of 3 or Brace want you to vote for all of them. The Gang of 3 doesn't want a D elected with them and Brace doesn't want to deal with Ott's poor brand of politics.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 9:30, there's no problem, just a visual similarity to the Slate's previous card, thus the oddity. I believe that similarity was unintentional. It would have been less confusing to me if the LVAR spelled out their name, or otherwise identified themselves. since writing the post early this morning, I have been led to believe that the card may have been only mailed to independents. If that is the case, any confusion will be limited.