Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Not So Super, Mario

Civera takes the oath of office for County Council after promising to step down from his position as a state legislator. And yet he now says he won't step down from the legislature for months.

Question: Does Civera know what a promise is? Because if he doesn't what's the point of him taking an oath? Any oath.

Sure, his political adversaries are making opportunistic hay of his going back on his word. They should. And more of his constituents should give him a hard time about this too.

11 Comments:

Blogger steve mcdonald said...

I am really annoyed by this and I don't want to see him serving on (Photo Op Central) County Council if he can't keep his first campaign promise to his constituents.

If the county republicans wanted a better opportunity to hold the seat, Civera shouldn't have run. Promises must be kept, and if a Democrat picks up the seat, it's the risk Civera and the Delco GOP chose to take in defending their county seats. If he doesn't resign from the state rep seat by week's end, I pledge to vote for whatever three democrats run in 2011.

January 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM 
Blogger Craig said...

I don't get the outrage. He wants to finish what he started in Harrisburg. Mario is good for the county. He was tired of Harrisburg but his work's not done. It's a couple of months.

January 6, 2010 at 1:52 PM 
Blogger jake said...

It's just politics.
The Democrats are raising a stink because they couldn't win a regular election so they want a second bite at the apple in a special election. Mario is smart enough not to give them that chance.
Look at the bright side -- we're saving $49K in county tax dollars for the salary he's not taking.

The Daily Times really needs to stop the photo editorializing.
The gotcha picture of Mario looks like he ate a bad pepper, obviously not from his fine family deli.
The photo of the new Democrat Chester Council people is a staged, smiling photo op.
Clearly, the photographers were sent out with different instructions and the editor should not let that bias on the front page.

January 6, 2010 at 7:34 PM 
Blogger A Nonymous said...

Mario is going to step down right after the deadline passes to hold the special election for his seat during the May primary.
Pure Delco GOP politics. Zero integrity.

January 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

he's breaking a promise and creating a conflict of interest in holding both positions. and at this point i'm convinced he's doing so to prevent a special election from taking place in the next primary to ensure the democrats don't have an easier path to his state rep seat.

January 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM 
Blogger jake said...

This is much ado about nothing.
Mario outsmarted the Democrats and now, with their compliant friends in the media, they're whining up a storm.

All this energy and outrage needs to be directed at Washington. Where's the "integrity" with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and company as they pimp health care with Cash for Cloture and negotiate behind closed doors instead of the transparency they famously promised, all to pass a deficit-exploding bill that's Constitutionally illegal.

If I'm going to get upset about a broken promise, it's going to be over legislation that leaves a crippling debt to our children and ruins the best health care system in the world, not over a couple of months that actually saves the taxpayer's money.

January 9, 2010 at 9:33 AM 
Blogger A Nonymous said...

"Mario outsmarted the Democrats and now, with their compliant friends in the media" ???

Gil is suddenly a compliant media friend of the Democrats?

Steve and I are in rare agreement that is being done to subvert an election from occurring when it normally should.

Mario knew the rules about when the election would be held, when he made his promise to step down. Holding him to his promise isn't a second bite, it's the original and legal bite.

Only Jake could find a way to say this was about Obama.

January 9, 2010 at 3:36 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Actually ANon, the subject was broken promises and their potential cost to the taxpayer.
Any gamesmanship by Mario pales in comparison, both in cost and ethics, to the wretched abuse of process taking place in Washington.
You chose to introduce "integrity" to the discussion, which is rather disingenuous moralizing, considering the activities of your liberal Democrat leadership.
By the way, speaking of disingenuous, you also gotta be real proud of that race-baiting Harry Reid about now, right?

January 11, 2010 at 7:47 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

I think my last comment was denied, so I'll correct it. Understood.

A-Non, you are a piece of REFUSE. I think we both know that if Civera had a "D" in lieu of the "R" after his name, you would be in full spin cycle mode, defending his decision. Your disapproval with Civera's decision is from a pure political/'cheerleader' point of view. Mine is ethical. He promised to resign and he broke it. He now holds two key seats in his area, overlapping eachother in what I consider to be not only a conflict of interest, but also a limitation of his constituents' freedoms by allowing one to have so much control. This would be similar to a US Senator also holding a seat in the House of Representatives.

This is a purely political move intended to prevent an easy path for a democratic candidate. If the County GOP feared losing this seat sfter Specter switched sides, Civera should have withdrawn and another smiling face from their ranks should have stepped up for the county election last year. And yes, I will now vote for the three Democratic candidates in 2011 regardless of who they are - can't be that bad, I voted for two of them in 2007.

January 11, 2010 at 8:24 AM 
Blogger A Nonymous said...

Civera admits that he'll leave, but only at a time that prevents the special election from occurring on May 18th.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/81287652.html

January 13, 2010 at 1:03 AM 
Blogger jake said...

How about this compromise:
Mario stays in the state legislature an additional week for every day it takes the Massachusetts Democrats to certify the election victory of Scott Brown.
Since ANon is getting all righteous on promises and process, this would seem to be a fair exchange of partisan advantage.

January 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM 

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