People have long decried “politics” as “a dirty business.” It’s kinda true, especially in the context of people throwing real “dirt” into the game by lying about their opponents.

Take the races for Delaware County Council and row offices, for example.

Every Republican running for judge (Jack Whalen), County Council (incumbent Dave White and former MDJ John Perfetti) and the row offices (incumbent Sheriff Mary McFall-Hopper, Controller candidate Robert Kane and Register-of-Wills candidate Beth Naughton-Beck) has solid track records of longstanding public or community service.

On any given day, many, if not most, of the GOP contenders are seriously engaged in retail politics; pressing the flesh, meeting voter-constituents and listening to the people’s concerns.

Go to any of the 49 municipalities in the county and you will find people who know these candidates both by name and reputation because they always show up and contribute to the cause or community, even when they aren’t running for office.

They are engaged in true community service, whether fighting the drug scourge, protecting the interests of the elderly, or simply rooting for young athletes and encouraging good citizenship.

Can’t say the same for their Democratic challengers.

We aren’t familiar with them; we’ve never seen them contributing to Delaware County community life; their names are not known and their campaigns have offered nothing in the way of ideas that would make Delco better. They appear to be a well-funded bunch of whiners and liars.

What we CAN say about these Dems is that they really know how to fight dirty… filthy dirty.

These Dems have lied and twisted the truth from the start of their campaign.

For example, these Dems clain that Delco has no public health department because Republicans don’t want one.

That’s a LIE. Ten years ago, County Council studied the issue in depth and the distinguished Johns-Hopkins medical folks independently concluded that a public health department, per se, would require a county investment of up to $15 million and would yield limited results. That would have required tax increases and more burden on Delco homeowners.

Responsible government everywhere, including County Council, passed on doing that.

There are 67 counties in Pennsylvania and 61 of them have no health department.  Why? Creating a new bureaucracy at a cost of $15 million per year will not solve health issues in this, or 60 other PA counties. A lot of health issues are socio–economic in nature; gun violence and poor educational outcomes, for example, have long been considered public health issues. And you see how Philadelphia, home of the state’s largest health department, is handling this… NOT!

Yet, through the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health Coordination, the needs of local residents are met without the added bureaucracy and new taxes. This year, the distinguished Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Delaware County as the Fifth Best County in the State for Health Behaviors.  Number five out of 67.

Democrats claim small and minority businesses don’t get a fair shake in Republican-controlled Delaware County.

That’s a LIE. More than 98 percent of all county contracts are put out to competitive bids.

Invitations to Bid and Requests for Proposals are advertised publicly in newspapers, posted online, and distributed to any vendor or small business who requests to be on a notification list to provide specific types of supplies or services.

About 70 to 80 percent of contract awards are through the state’s COSTARS program and a similar cooperative bulk purchasing program among county and municipal governments. The COSTARS program was created by the state to reduce costs through bulk purchasing. It is currently run by the Democratic Wolf Administration. Virtually every county and municipality in the state uses COSTARS because it is less expensive.

Other contracts for professional services are awarded based on a company’s level of experience and expertise.

And if you look at Delaware County, everybody it seems has a small truck and is self-employed.

Dems infer through their literature and talking points that GOP candidates are corrupt and self-dealing.

That’s a LIE. Even the liberal Philadelphia news media have dismissed Democrat claims and blasted them as lies.

Dems cry about “transparency” but nobody has been more transparent than Delco Republicans. Dems point to Democrat-controlled Montgomery County as their role model but this month, Montco commissioners had two public meetings scheduled versus Delco County Council’s nine public meetings  in October – five public agenda meetings and four voting meetings.

At weekly agenda meetings, every contract to be voted on the following day is discussed publicly.  Information on every approved contract is included in the meeting minutes that are posted online and County Council regularly holds up to four meetings each year in different communities throughout the county and at night.

The truth is, in this election at least, Democrat candidates have no idea how county government works.

Tons of literature mailed to Delco voters by Democrats has only spread vicious lies; we have seen nothing that speaks to how Democrats would govern for the benefit of all and none has accepted our invitations to meet to discuss their positions.

No person in their right mind would want the cheapest doctor to perform surgery on them, the cheapest lawyer to represent them in an important case, or the cheapest engineer to repair a bridge.

You look for a combination of experience, proven results, and community return on investment.

When you add it all up, Jack Whalen, Dave White, John Perfetti, Mary McFall-Hopper, Robert Kane and Beth Naughton-Beck far outstrip these Democrats and have earned your support on Nov. 7.

And that’s the truth.

 

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