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Thursday, August 7, 2008


There was bonusgate. Now there's reformgate.

At least in the 157th district.

The Republican candidate, Guy Ciarrochi, is criticizing Paul Drucker, the Democrat, for not calling for Democratic House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese to step down. Meanwhile, Drucker is criticizing Ciarrocchi for being a copycat - the Republican sent around a list of reforms the day after Drucker unveiled his PennCPR reforms.

Yup. This is gotcha politics.

Gotcha - I had the reforms first!

Gotcha - you won't call for DeWeese to step down right this moment!

(For the record, I don't think either of these is a big deal. Of course both candidates want to be out there with lists of reforms. And because Republicans weren't the first targets of the attorney general's investigation, Ciarrochi hasn't been put in the position of having to decide whether to call for the resignation of a prominent member of the Republican caucus.)

So, we must ask, is this reformgate bickering is really helping voters?

I'm convinced it isn't.

The candidates should be talking about where they stand all of the, you know, issues.

That'll come out in the debates, if Drucker ever agrees to them.

Until then, let's give reformgate a rest.

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