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Election-related thuggery has become an increasingly common aspect of campaigns in recent years.  It's not just the national Republicans and their supporters, though.  The local candidate for State Rep that I've been volunteering for, Casey Roncaglione in PA's 164th, recently experienced that first hand.  

More below the fold.

The 164th includes parts of Upper Darby, Drexel Hill, East Lansdowne, and Millbourne.  For those not familiar with Upper Darby politics, everyone down to the dogcatcher is a Republican.  The incumbent, Mario Civera, has been a state representative for 26 years.  He's been essentially unopposed for at least the past two decades, but Casey has actually made a bit of a run at him.  At the very least, Casey has a noticeable lawnsign presence, something previous challengers simply did not.

Some of those signs started disappearing.  Thanks to the vigilence of the Casey team, the crook was spotted and reported to the police, who stopped him and found several of Casey's lawn signs in his trunk.  Surprise, the thug was an Upper Darby city official!  A full investigation is pending.  In the meantime, getting this out to the media is very important.  The people of Upper Darby (self included) deserve to know about the corruption within their city government.  Casey's press release with more information on this crime can be found here.

Originally posted to themann1086 on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 09:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Sign thievery is a favorite GOP pastime (2+ / 0-)
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    PaulVA, Lashe

    in my neck of the woods. All too often they get away with it. I'm glad someone got nailed. I'll admit that I have considered it; who hasn't? In the end, it's wrong and I have never done it, nor will I. Best wishes in November!

    Government exists to do the things that the private sector can't or won't do but should. (econ -9.13/social -5.28) IMPEACH

    by viriginia liberal on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 09:54:58 AM PDT

  •  Part of a Repubican/Conservative pattern (2+ / 0-)
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    hartboy, Lashe

    is to keep the oppositions message suppressed.  

    How often do we hear of any progressives ideas or solutions to a problem....they are ignored and then sometimes co-opted by those who control the media.

    Message control is very improtant and if your opposition can get the message out, even a low key one like "look I am running", this endangers your party.

    Republicans have become very good at message control, promoting thier messge, and silencing the oppositions messages.

    They will even break every law to stop the others message.

    Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. -Will Rogers

    by mdgluon on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 10:09:24 AM PDT

    •  Absolutely (2+ / 0-)
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      hartboy, mdgluon

      That's why it's so necessary to expose this kind of stuff to the public, make as much noise as possible, and get your platform in as well.

      Casey's done a pretty good job at this.  The local media was pretty impressed with his performance at a recent public forum for the candidates in a few races.  They said he knew as much as people who'd been in government longer than he had been alive [Casey's 21].  That's an excellent compliment... maybe that should go on the back of the tshirts...

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