During Mr. Rendell's endorsement of John Callahan Yesterday, he had this to say: "We need someone who isn't a wuss. Too many elected officials don't have the courage of their own convictions. If you run for office and you don't believe that there's some things you want to get done, some things you want to protect against, that are important enough to risk your job, then save us the trouble. Don't run. Don't run."
While we respectfully disagree with Mr. Rendell's assessment relating to Mr. Callahan's strength and courage (not a wuss), we do agree with him that Mr. Callahan should save us the trouble and not even run! Not Even run!!!
Mr. Rendell also said: "I do believe that government has a job to do in promoting growth, but also in protecting our most vulnerable citizens. Our very youngest, our very oldest, our disabled, our challenged. We have to be there for them. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And we have to create opportunities for people who've never had opportunities. I think government can do that if it's led by someone with a great heart."
Again, we say this respectfully. Mr. Callahan had the opportunity to do just what Rendell suggested "protect", but he chose instead to ignore. That is an established fact. There is no great heart in ignoring Gracedale, the home of those in true need of our care.
He also said: "You have to have the courage. Do you know what the most difficult thing to do in politics is? When public opinion is against something and you know you gotta' do that because, in the long run, it's gonna' come out well for the public. You gotta' have the courage to do it."
Yes, we do agree with these three statements. However, we just don't agree that they speak to Mr. Callahan's character, who for political reasons chose not to engage in the fight to save Gracedale, nor did he even stand up for the sale...He just sat on the fence to see what would happen.
Ask the defeated Ron Angle how he feels about that! Even he had the courage to take a stand (even if it was on the wrong side!).
We believe the honorable Governor (former) would agree with us...the easiest thing to do is just sit on the fence and wait - Anyone can do that...no degree necessary!
We feel these three statements best apply instead to: Lamont McClure...
And whom by his actions provided the very protection required by our very oldest, our disabled, and our challenged.
When it mattered most, who was it that demonstrated the courage of his own convictions? And who was it who acted in accordance to his own beliefs, especially in spite of the constant ridicule and criticism from the majority of County Council at the time, as well as the sitting Executive John Stoffa?
And who was it that heard the cries of the taxpayers - Was it John Callahan??? NO, absolutely not!!!
It was...Lamont McClure
The PEOPLES choice for County Executive