GOP candidate for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district Lou Barletta claims that Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski is afraid to meet with his constituents. He did so in a press release which is published in its entirety below. Kanjorski responded saying that Barletta should stick to the real issues of the campaign, such as job creation.
Barletta is seeking to oust Paul Kanjorski, who is seeking election to a fourteenth term in Congress from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district. The 11th contains all of Carbon, Columbia, and Monroe Counties. It also encompasses parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, including the cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton.
Kanjorski is making the deliberate decision to not meet face to face with his constituents this summer, instead spending taxpayer dollars on telephone conference calls.
“Mr. Kanjorski is hiding from the people of the 11th Congressional District because he knows he has made many unpopular decisions, like taking millions in campaign cash from his Wall Street buddies then handing out billions of taxpayer dollars to them in the form of bailouts. He would have to answer for the rising unemployment rate, especially since he called this economy the best ‘in the history of mankind.’ He would have to explain why he ignored the will of his constituents and voted for the government takeover of our healthcare system,” said Barletta.
“The people of this district deserve to know: how did much these conference calls cost them? Where does Kanjorski get his list of callers? And how do Kanjorski and his staff select the questions he chooses to answer on those choreographed calls?
“It’s bad enough that he’s ducking his constituents and not meeting with them in person, but he’s also making the people pay for his telemarketing campaign,” Barletta added. “I would hope Kanjorski would change his mind and give the people the chance to meet with their congressman face to face. In the meantime, I will continue to meet with the residents of all five counties of this district.”
Kanjorski responded through his campaign spokesperson Ed Mitchell.
“This is typical Barletta gibberish,” Mitchell said. Must be a slow summer. Congressman Kanjoski meets face-to-face with constituents every day in the district and Washington . He talks with far more of them in a tele-townhall than the other type. Far more economical. Let’s talk issues, not silliness. Where does Barletta stand on the jobs bill pending in Congress?”
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