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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Who's the reformiest candidate?

Both candidates for the 157th District House Seat have come up with competing lists of reforms.

Paul Drucker, the Democrat, unveiled his last week during the "PennCPR" press conference, an event intended to deflect fallout from Attorney General Tom Corbitt's recent investigation into corruption in Democratic legislative offices.

In response, Ciarrocchi unveiled his own list of reforms.

Rather than summerizing these in an article (which would have essentially been an exercise in paraphrase instead of reporting) I am providing a link to the original proposals. That way, should you care to, you can give them the scrutiny they deserve.

Drucker's "PennCPR" reforms

Ciarrocchi's "common sense, non-partisan" reforms

Do check out the article I filed yesterday on recent conflicts in the 157th district race.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the key difference between the two that Ciarrocchi actually committed to following his reforms regardless of whether they are enacted as law, whereas Drucker has just proposed them without any unilateral commitment?

July 29, 2008 8:16 AM 
Blogger Dan Kristie said...

I'm not sure whether Drucker said he would follow his reforms. I'll ask next time I'm talking to him.
My question has been, what do lists of reforms really mean? It's nice to know that candidates want to clean things up, but until they are elected, their reform lists are little more than campaign literature.
Are the voters going to remember this mid-summer reform skirmish and hold Ciarrocchi or Drucker to their word later, when one of them gets to Harrisburg?

July 29, 2008 2:39 PM 
Blogger John V. Petersen said...

What you should ask Drucker is how he thinks he can be reformist candidate - but not call on DeWeese to resign his leadership post. You really don't have to go into what Ciarrocchi believes or does not believe. Looking just at Drucker's conduct vs. his words, you see a great inconsistency.

July 29, 2008 4:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the key difference that Guy Ciarrochi didn't seem to care about reform until a few days after Paul Drucker stood on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg and introduced his platform? He then hastily introduced his own reform? He didn't even take the time to list the reform package on his own website before he sent it in to a local paper. In fact, it is still not on there, is it? Under Ethics Reform (a new tab) there is only an attack on Paul Drucker. It doesn't take a PhD to figure out the rationale behind Guy's "reform plan".

August 5, 2008 1:04 PM 

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