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Defeated challenger funds website to expose Phil English's record.

An interesting article in the Sharon (PA) Herald refers to the web site recently funded by Steve Porter, who unsuccessfully challenged the morally challenged Phil English in the PA-3 Congressional election last month.
The web site can be found at

The site succeeds where the Northwestern PA media has largely failed: in pointing out English’s persistent failure to effectively represent this district, by repeatedly supporting the Bush anti-worker agenda that has crippled this economically depressed district.

Phil’s transgressions, which are detailed on the site, include his fifth rank in all of Congress in the acceptance of privately funded travel, totaling $181,000.  This included a trip to Saipan, an American territory described as a cesspool of prostitution, abortion, and textile sweatshops by Connie Chung in a May 1999 20/20 episode, with Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff.  It seems that Mr. English is ardently anti-abortion, unless that abortion is forced on a Saipan sweatshop worker.  

Over the course of his illustrious career, he has accepted money from the likes of Bob Ney, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, and Mark Foley.  He has accepted large PAC donations from health care and insurance PAC’s, totaling $338,000 of his total PAC support of $618,000 in the 2006 cycle, then claiming in a debate that these donations were a very small percentage of his total support.

He also has supported trade pacts that have cost 10,000 Northwestern PA jobs,  supported term limits and pledged to serve no more than 6 terms (he starts his 7th next month), and lied about his support for reimportation of prescription drugs.  

And last, but not least, the web site chronicles long standing rumors about English’s pedophilia.  English has received numerous contacts about these “rumors,” but has not denied their accuracy.



Originally posted to joetalarico on Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 06:35 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Utterly despicable act on the part of Mr. Porter. (3+ / 0-)
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    PennStatedem, bergerc84, willb48

    Good diary topic, though.

    •  Yeah. (0+ / 0-)

      We don't really need bottom-feeders in Congress.

      "Let one hundred blossoms flower." - Mao Tse-Tung

      by willb48 on Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 06:48:26 PM PST

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      •  The timing sucks. The content sucks worse. (0+ / 0-)

        The time to bring this up was before the election. Now he comes off as a whiny merchant of sour grapes.

        We don't need bottom-feeders ANYWHERE.

        •  sour grapes (1+ / 0-)
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          ticket punch

          I agree, this is the way he comes off.  In his defense, though, he tried everything in his power to expose these issues during the campaign, but could not get the media to give him the time of day.  All this while English slandered him with the complicity of the local media.  Essentially, Porter wrote a book years ago that cited forced sterilization, and English contended Porter was endorsing this.  The press dutifully reported the story.

          •  To everything there is a season (0+ / 0-)

            and a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to hurl mud, a time to show class. This is the latter.

          •  The problem... (1+ / 0-)
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            ticket punch

            While English certainly carries some baggage, Porter's inability to get the media to report on this lies with no one but himself.

            If the guy wouldn't haphazardly write a press release for EVERY LITTLE THING, then maybe the media would be a bit more receptive to what he has to say.

            I understand the guy's trying to get something that poses as a message out, but seriously, what unit of the media is going to listen to someone who usually issues press releases made of junk?

            And further, who is going to listen to him now that he's built this unconscionable website.  English is a poor excuse for a Congressman, but apparently he has more class than Porter has.

            "Whenever someone says he's going to save your soul, keep a tight grip on your wallet."

            by bergerc84 on Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 08:13:22 PM PST

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  •  Thoughts (0+ / 0-)

    The first statements on this guy's website is built on unsubstantiated rumors. I'm not impressed. It's a smear tactic and it uses the "if he's innocent, then he has nothing to hide" witch hunt logic.
    A web campaign can be successful if it holds to the facts and doesn't take itself too seriously. This is just smear, with some facts on the side.

  •  Never impressed (0+ / 0-)

    I was never impressed with Porter's campaign skills.

    The guy doesn't know what he's doing, and his advisers know even less.

    When do Democrats in Western PA get to vote for a candidate they can be proud of?

    "Whenever someone says he's going to save your soul, keep a tight grip on your wallet."

    by bergerc84 on Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 08:09:17 PM PST

  •  Yeah, but don't blame the advisors (1+ / 0-)
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    ticket punch

    He's had some good people try to lead him right, he just makes a habit of ignoring them and doing whatever he wants.  The guy has no business in public life.

    That being said, the district is ready for a change in representation.  English is not in the least bit popular... he's had to go negative against porter both of his runs, which doesn't speak highly of English's sense of security.  If a good candidate can be recruited, this is a very winnable district.  Steve Porter must be prevented from running again.

    •  Backhand validation of the Dean strategy. (0+ / 0-)

      To find and field quality candidates everywhere, you have to have a consistent presence everywhere. Because the flipside of the 50-state strategy is that where good candidates emerge, that same infrastructure helps them win.

  •  Maybe it will spark some actual investigation (0+ / 0-)

    of whether the rumors about English are true.  If some reporter up in Erie does some digging, he should be able to come with something (at least going by the general direction of the posts on Downwithtyranny).  Or, if indeed English has a predeliction, he may have some goings-on in DC (which would seem to be the source of Madsen's info).

    If all this is a complete fiction, then I really don't think this would affect English at all, because the way it is presented on Porter's website does exactly appear credible.  Porter leading off his website with the unsubstantiated rumor is sleazy; although, I think if we had done it before the election that would have been more unethical.

    English is definitely vulnerable.  The problem is that Porter strikes most people as too much of an odd duck.  (His policy positions are actually pretty well thought out.  Temperment and lack of resources to put out is message seems to be the problem.)  NW Pa Dems just need to field a stronger candidate in 08.

    •  investigation (0+ / 0-)

      I am in contact with a number of people who have done everything humanly possible to prompt the press to investigate this, and there are no takers.  In my own opinion, and again, this is only an opinion, there is something to these rumors.  An eyewitness has admitted to being present when the Erie incident occurred, but refuses to speak to the press, even though a source I consider reliable has spoken with him (hearsay, but that's all we have).  That being said, in the end, Phil English's record speaks for itself, and we must find the right candidate to defeat him.  If it turns out to be Steve Porter, who would be a great legislator but has for whatever reason been unable to get his message out, great.  If it turns out to be someone else, that would be great too.  The tide has turned in our direction, and if we play this right, we win in 2008.  Just look what we did to Melissa Hart, who was a much stronger candidate than English.  Jason Altmire ran a textbook campaign.  I can say that with confidence because I was involved.  If we do that north of here, 2008 is a good year.

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