October 18, 2006

PA-06: First Responders

I caught this blog post in my news reader.

    Last year I partnered my company with the Whitpain Township Firefighter's Association as well as the Police Association to organize and host the 1st Annual John Kulick Memorial Golf Outing. Some background on the event, John was killed in Iraq last year and left behind a nine-year-old daughter.

    As the father of a soon to be ten year old, and as a first responder, and retired US Army Officer I take my responsibilities in association with John's event very seriously.

    I am writing this blog to make you aware of the response we received from Candidate for Congress Lois Murphy's office today when we called to follow up on the mailing we sent her campaign office two weeks ago.

    As this is an election year I thought it might be a good idea to contact local candidates and office holders to gain their support of the event. When I approached [State] Senator Rob Wonderling he could not get his checkbook out soon enough to sponsor a hole. When you factor in that most of the people attending our event do not live in his district you start to get the feeling that Senator Wonderling actually acted out of respect for John and other First Responders.

    Ms. Murphy is another story. Her representative's exact response was that they WERE NOT INTERESTED in supporting an event held to raise money for the children of deceased First Responders. Ms. Murphy is running for Congress on the Democratic ticket and could actually end up representing some of those reading this.

That's really ironic, because about six weeks ago, Lois Murphy was railing on Jim Gerlach for not supporting first responders.
    But Murphy, through a spokeswoman, said Gerlach could have done more to support emergency services in the district.

    "Throughout his two decades as a career politician, Jim Gerlach has failed to support first responders and has voted twice (while in the state Senate) against providing $5 million for volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania," said Amy Bonitatibus, communications director for the Murphy campaign.

    In Congress, Murphy will fight to ensure that first responders have the resources they need to do their jobs, she said.

    "Pennsylvania's first responders deserve more than a part-time supporter in Congress," Bonitatibus said.

One would think that with $870K on hand, she could buy a hole for a worthy cause.

Update: Jim Gerlach steps up.

    An update on my Lois Murphy Blog. Earlier this morning a check arrived for a hole sponsorship from Representative Jim Gerlach's office. This was as a result of the same mailing that Ms. Murphy's office rejected. Please note that his office and representatives have nothing to do with my blogs or e-mails on this subject. His office donated money based on their own decision making process, which I applaud.

Congress Posted by AlexC at October 18, 2006 12:45 AM

Hypocrisy rules the day.

Posted by: mdmhvonpa at October 18, 2006 9:16 AM

Actually, she's not a hypocrite. And I will tell you why she's *worse*.

She doesn't want to spend *her own money* in charitable endeavors. She wants to do that using tax money, i.e. *other people's money*.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at October 18, 2006 11:26 AM | What do you think? [2]