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PA Dem Won’t Do Townhalls With “Nuts”

We almost missed this latest glimpse into the hearts of our elected elite, from northeastern Pennsylvania’s Times Leader:

House Financial Services Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, left, D-Mass., talks to Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

Kanjo, Barletta spar over ‘nuts’

Comments on a radio show lead to bickering over quality of life in Hazleton.


July 2

Last week the 13-term Democrat from Nanticoke was criticized and attacked for his statements about minorities and “defective” people. On Thursday, while appearing as a guest on WILK Radio’s “Webster and Nancy Show,” Kanjorski was asked if he was going to hold any public town hall meetings with his constituents.

“We will do everything we can to meet with people, but I’m not going to set myself up for, you know, nuts to hit me with a camera.”

He said often times “people can’t resist changing what you said or taking things out of context.” He said these “snippets” lead to “distortions.”

“I’m not going to arm my opponent with a baseball bat,” Kanjorski said later in the interview.

Kanjorski’s Republican opponent, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, leveled criticism against the congressman.

“Paul Kanjorski has been in Congress for 26 years and his response to our region’s 10 percent unemployment rate is to call his constituents ‘nuts’ and to attack the city of Hazleton,” Barletta said. “Do these so-called ‘nuts’ who attend town meetings fall into Kanjorski’s ‘defective people’ category?”

Ed Mitchell, Kanjorski’s campaign spokesman, fired back, saying the congressman stands by his comments made on WILK, “including the ones about Barletta’s sorry record as mayor.”

“With the reference to ‘nuts,’ he (Kanjorski) meant a small number of extreme political opponents who come to disrupt town meetings solely for the purpose of scoring political points they can register on YouTube or the Internet to inflict damage and embarrass the congressman and not to the people who come to those meetings to discuss issues and gather information,” Mitchell said

It sounds like Mr. Kanjorski was speaking about the Democrat Party’s brand spanking new ‘Accountability Project.’ But, of course, he couldn’t have meant that.

“Perhaps Mr. Kanjorski should be worried about job creation and stopping Washington’s reckless spending instead of profiling people and continuing his negative campaign,” Barletta said in response. “I think most people would prefer it if the congressman spent more time doing his job and less time attacking everyone.”

Barletta said Kanjorski won’t hold town hall meetings because he is afraid of “nuts to hit me with a camera and ask stupid questions.”

“Kanjorski is the one who paid a man with a camera $10,000 to follow me and my family around for five months in 2008,” Barletta said. “Kanjorski’s campaign manager (Mitchell) admitted this in a Times Leader story in November 2008.”


This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “PA Dem Won’t Do Townhalls With “Nuts””

  1. proreason says:

    They tell us who they are.

    If only the entire country was more interested in listening than in dreaming about the next $400 bribe that the criminals are hatching.

    You know, the tax credits your children give you to pay for your premium cable so they can live as serfs for the next 50 years.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Paul will join all the other ‘NUTS’ in the unemployment line soon.
    To wit I hope they pommel him with more than cameras!

  3. U NO HOO says:

    Ah, Kanjerkski-meister strikes again.

  4. GL0120 says:

    Kanjorski is simply trying to put an end to the “Cycle of Harassment.”
    His opponent had to endure someone following his every more with a camera, waiting for a misstep; Kanjorski doesn’t want that sort of thing to happen again.
    The fact that his campaign paid for the cameraman is not important, all that matters is putting an end to that sort of harassment.

  5. Rick Caird says:

    Unfortunately, it is pretty much becoming par for the course. A congress, which insists on passing legislation that the majority of Americans oppose, is afraid to actually meet with those Americans because they know they will not be allowed to get away with facile questions and answers. They will forced to defend the indefensible, so the answer is to avoid their constituents. So, we have a strategy that fits their arrogance.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, if the mountain won’t come to the tea parties, then the tea-parties have to go to the mountain. Look for more visits from your citizens, Kan-dork-ski. Nuts? How about angry mob that finds your behavior in our government beyond reprehensible? How about citizens who wonder where you think you’re going to get the money to pay for all this spending? How about citizens who are angry that you are running rough-shod over the Constitution and thinking it a delightful afternoon stroll?

      Chicken-s__t says “what?”

  6. Right of the People says:

    My family is originally from Hazleton and I’ve spent much time there. It used to be a good blue-collar town whose citizens were mostly of Polish, German and Italian heritage who worked the coal mines with good family values.

    Since the ’90s there has been unbelievable influx of Hispanics who have over-run it putting a strain on the public resources. Mayor Barletta has been trying his best but he’s been getting no help from Kanjorski I imagine because he has an (R) after his name.

    Everything I’ve heard from my cousins who still live in the area about Kanjorski has been bad. He’s the worst kind of politician a typical “Do as I say, not as I do” type. I’m hoping the good people of Luzerne County vote this a-hole out this year.

  7. NoNeoCommies says:

    It’s is just one more illustration of the left’s hatred and intolerance.
    They refuse to engage in reasoned, logical argument with the opposition; instead, they belittle and insult them from a safe distance.
    Courage for them is playing to a friendly crowd and attacking people who are absent, or present only in small numbers.

  8. AmericanIPA says:

    Remember when the nuts were the occasional Barney Frank or Nancy Pilosi in the House? Now they’re running things and calling anyone who thinks the Constitution isn’t toilet paper a “nut”. If there is any justice in the world, come November the nitwits on the fringe of the democratic party will once again be relegated to MSNBC interviews and nowhere near the wheels of power.

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