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Russell’s Refusal

March 19, 2010

William Russell (R)The race to replace Murtha in PA-12 is confusing and convoluted one, but in a nutshell, delegates from the GOP have chosen Tim Burns (R) to run against Mark Critz (D) in the May 18 special election which is to fill the remainder of Murtha’s 2 year term.  On the same day, the Republican and Democrat primary’s will be held wherein party voters will choose the two candidates to run in the November election for a full, 2 tear term.  Tim Burns will face off with William Russell in the Republican primary.

PA-12 Republicans, as well as a wide national audience, are very interested in this race, seeing it as an opportunity to replace a Pork-guzzling Spendocrat (Murtha) with a Fiscally Conservative Republican.  In order to stop Obama’s spending spree, the GOP needs a unified Republican party behind Tim Burns in the May special election, as well as a unified Republican party behind the party’s primary winner.

Neither candidate wants to admit to the possibility of defeat, but when pressed Thursday night, Mr. Burns emphatically stated, “I would support Bill Russell if he were the Republican nominee in November”.  Mr. Russell’s answer was very different.

Going back a week, when questioned during the March 11 Republican Conferee meeting, Russell avoided supporting Burns in the special, saying only. “I will not speak ill of a fellow Republican”.  After the meeting, in response to a direct question from a reporter as to whether or not he would support Burns in the special election, Russell’s reply was, “I’m only focused on winning the primary election”; far from an endorsement.

Fast forward to Thursday night where Russell’s canned answer both evolved and devolved from the previous week.  When the gracious members of the Indiana/Armstrong Patriots (a two county Tea Party organization in Western Pennsylvania) held a Town Hall Meeting with Tim Burns and William Russell as their guests (the Democrat candidate Mark Critz was also invited, but refused to attend), Russell was asked by members three times if he would support Burns in the special election or possibly in November.  Russell coldly repeated his mantra for the evening, “I wish Tim luck with Critz”.

Luck?  Tim Burns repeated that he would support you as the Republican nominee and you wished him ‘Luck”?

Is that bald-faced arrogance, or does Russell have other plans?  Will Russell support Critz if he is defeated in the primary by Burns?  Will Russell run as an independent, splitting the conservative vote and assuring Mark Critz victory in November?

Man up Mr. Russell!  If you have not noticed, the Democrats are attempting to strip our Constitution and spend our children’s  future away.  Every Republican needs to do his part.

Tell the voters in PA-12 that you SUPPORT and will VOTE for Tim Burns in the May 18th Special Election.  Tell the voters of PA-12 that if they choose him as the Republican nominee in the November election, you will VOTE for, CAMPAIGN for and fully SUPPORT Tim Burns for Congress in 2010.

Times are too important for arrogance and phony word games.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2010 6:01 pm

    Sadly, I have had to delete and block certain replies to this post. Although I am a fan of political debate, I do not enjoy repeated and harassing personal attacks.

    Dissenting opinions will ALWAYS be tolerated in the comments section; personal attacks will not.

  2. Jim permalink
    March 22, 2010 10:01 pm

    These kind of corrupt backroom politics show the worst parts of the GOP. Pennsylvania needs open elections for party nominations in all circumstances, not just when it’s convenient. You can’t trust any candidate picked in a smoke-filled room.

    • March 22, 2010 11:24 pm

      You may not have been there, but there was a GOP Conferee in Latrobe on March 11 which I wrote about. Unlike the shenanigans that occurred in Washington DC this weekend (or even in the Democrat conferee), 131 Republican delegates from the twelfth district stood up before their peers and audibly voted for either Burns or Russell. Votes were recorded and Burns won the nomination, 84-46. It was televised, open to the press and spectators, including many Russell supporters and yours truly. I know it was not what the Russell supporters wanted, but if both Republicans and Tea Party activists do not get behind 1 candidate, we will have another Democrat in Congress pushing Obama’s socialist agenda.

  3. March 25, 2010 10:53 am

    GEASON LINKED TO KUCHERA

    Gleason who appointed Burns is linked to Kuchera Industries. Kuchera Industries was raided by the FBI and was investigated by the Federal Elections Commission. And this from Mr. Gleason’s brochure for his companies, Gleason Insurance, Gleason Financial, and Gleason Technology:

    “We have been able to build our business, knowing Gleason is looking out for all of our insurance needs.”

    Ronald Kuchera, Chief Financial Officer
    Kuchera Industries

    With Jack Murtha gone, how will Gleason use Tim Burns.

    Was Gleason looking out for more than Kuchera’s insurance needs

    • March 25, 2010 11:05 am

      Wow Ted, I am getting the impression, mainly from the fact that you keep spamming my comment section with the same two comments over and over again, that you do not really care for Mr. Gleason. The readers and I might note that none of my posts are about Mr. Gleason, but I will let one of each accusation remain in the comments.

      As a representative of the Bill Russell campaign, would you like to comment on Russell’s position regarding the PA-12 Special Election?

  4. March 25, 2010 7:27 pm

    Replying to Ted: I don’t think it’s fair to assume a legitimate business relationship, which itself shouldn’t be influenced by political associations, will end up resulting in the type of shenanigans that occurred between Mr. Murtha and Kuchera.

    That being said, we have two very good candidates for the primary. Supporters of both should remember that after May we’ll have to work together to defeat Mr. Critz, the presumptive democrat nominee.

    • March 26, 2010 12:07 am

      Unfortunately, there is some bad blood between Gleason and Russell. Personally, I would like to see the tow of them get together and work it out. They do not have to like each other, but it sure would help if they could work together.

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