Eric Roe’s opponent Christina Sappey is introduced by State Rep Chris Ross (he held this seat prior to Roe) at her fundraiser.
October 30, 2018
Roe, Sappey debate in West Bradford
WEST BRADFORD—State Rep. Eric Roe, a Republican, and challenger Christina Sappey, a Democrat, addressed more than two dozen issues at Monday night’s League of Women Voter’s 158th Legislative District candidate debate at the township building.
Almost 200 voters packed the room and heard both candidates discuss diverse subjects including, the minimum wage, legalization of marijuana and gun control, during the 100-minute debate. Barbara Lathroum moderated.
Roe and Sappey discussed health care.
Roe said the health system in England where he went to school and met his wife is not always equal.
He supports tort reforms in a bid to limit malpractice suits.
Sappey said that health care is too expensive for both employers and employees.
She said we should examine the costs.
“We need to have everyone in the risk pool,” Sappey said.
And what would happen if the Affordable Care Act was abolished?
“Throwing people out of the system is not going to make it cheaper,” Sappey said. “If we have no system in place, we’re all in trouble.”
Roe said he supports work requirements for those receiving government health insurance and he wants to “be responsible to the taxpayers.”
The candidates were asked about discrimination against the LGBT community.
“I support equal rights,” said Roe. He also said that some matters are not the government’s business.
Said Sappey: They are discriminated in the workplace and everywhere they go, we need to include them in certain equal rights measures.”
The candidates were asked about education.
“We don’t to have enough teachers in Pennsylvania right now,” Sappey said. “We need to do everything we can to ensure our Pennsylvania mandate for public education.”
Roe said he is a product of Chester County public schools.
He favors vouchers to support private schools.
“I believe in school choice,” he said. “Parents know best.”
The candidates both agreed that they would tax oil and gas companies.
“You only get one environment,” Roe said. “You don’t get a second chance.”
Sappey said that we need to have “robust protections” in place.
Would Sappey and Roe “reach across the aisle?”
“You have to make sure your party membership understands you are not a blank check,” Sappey said.
Roe said that compromise is a “good” word and not a “bad” word.
Roe and Sappey disagreed on abortion. Roe said he is pro-life and Sappey said we cannot understand unless we’re “standing in someone else’s shoes.
“It’s a private situation, the government should have no role,” Sappey said.
Sappey and Roe favor legalization of medical marijuana.
“I do not want to become California,” Roe said about legalizing recreational weed. “The last thing I want is for the culture of our community to change.”
Sappey and Roe also disagreed on a fair minimum wage. Roe said that a true minimum wage is zero.
“I want people to not just be focused on a minimum wage but good-paying jobs,” Roe said.
Sappey favors a $15 minimum wage.
“People deserve a living wage,” Sappey said. “We can’t expect people to work four jobs to pay the rent, feed themselves, educate themselves and raise the kids.”
Both candidates believe gun laws should be tightened up.
Sappey favors background checks, waiting periods, banning bump stocks, automatic weapons and large magazines.
Roe wants to close loopholes on background checks, limit the size of magazines, favors waiting periods and dealing with mental health and drug issues. Source
October 2, 2018
Chester County Press
Eric Roe: State Rep. Seeks Common Ground In Eye Of National Storm
On Sept. 26, Eric Roe, a little more than one month before a Nov. 6 election that will determine whether he will return to Harrisburg for his second term as the Representative for the 158th District, accepted the invitation of a local resident to meet with him at Philter in Kennett Square.
As the usual clientele blended with each other in the cozy confines of the cafe, Roe, a Republican, listened intently while the man asked about issues that were of importance to him. The man had done the exact thing, one table over at Philter, two days before, when he invited Roe’s opponent, Democrat Christine Sappey, to answer his questions. Roe listened before speaking and paused before answering.
In the race for his young political life, campaigning in the quagmire of a national political climate that’s buried policy under an avalanche of corruption and indecency, Roe listens to every voter, because these days, he can’t afford not to.
A month away from the election, Roe’s campaign quietly soldiers on in a groundswell of criticism from his opponent, a growing sentiment that believes that Harrisburg is permanently broken, and a much-talked-about prognostication that any Republican campaigning for office this November – at the top of the ballot or near the bottom – is prepared for the anti-Trump tsunami that could turn states, regions and districts a rich shade of blue.
Roe spoke about the man he had met at Philter.
“I am lucky to represent a district that is extremely well educated, and you would be surprised by how many of them are willing to educate themselves about the details of my individual stances, and are willing to see past party when they go to vote,” he said. “There are lot of people in this district who are unwilling to put their elected officials into two different boxes and categorize the world that way. The world is a much more complex place than that. It’s not as tribal as people make it out to be. People aren’t red or blue. They’re variations of purple.”
While the winds whip heavy around him, Roe remains calm in the storm, and it’s likely due in part to the accomplishments that dot his campaign literature and form the bedrock of his campaign for re-election. He was on the right side of a lot of legislature in the Pennsylvania House in the last two years: He voted for $60 million in grants to make Pennsylvania schools safer; co-sponsored anti-violence legislation that toughened firearms laws; voted to give more than $11 billion to public schools in the state; helped reform the state’s employee pension system; and along the way, turned his attention closer to home, by appearing at 15 town halls in his district that dealt with issues as far ranging as property/school taxes, school violence and the elimination of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.
In fact, it was gerrymandering – seen in his co-authoring of House Bill 722 with Democrat Steve Samuelson – that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens commission to redistrict Congressional as well as State House and Senate districts.
While it has earned the praise of anti-gerrymandering groups such as Fair Districts PA, it’s currently stalled. In order for it to be passed, the bill needs to get approval from both the House and Senate, first in a single session and again in the next session, and then be ratified by citizens in a ballot referendum vote.
“Some people will probably use this particular bill to ask why I couldn’t get this done,” Roe said. “My answer is that I think the trademark of a good legislator is someone who sets very lofty goals and doesn’t settle for just the easy bills to pass. We knew we were climbing Mt. Everest, but it’s worth pushing for, all the town halls I held about this issue.”
Serving on the front lines in state government has allowed Roe to both learn and impact the way Harrisburg works, a session-by-session making of the sausage that he said defies the popular belief that it’s a broken system.
“It’s not as divided personally as people might think,” he said. “I have good friends in the Philadelphia delegation who are a lot more liberal, but we have a friendly relationship. Here we have the most liberal governor in America, and one of the most conservative legislatures in America, and yet we still got historic pension reform passed. We invested more in schools than has ever been done before. We passed animal cruelty legislation, and the list goes on and on.
“Two years ago, my opponent made me out to be to the right of Attila the Hun, and I’m sure this year, my opponent will try to do the same thing, but at least there is proof that I am more of a centrist than what others try to make me out to be.”
In her campaign literature, Sappey states that Roe is “threatening women’s health” by voting to restrict women’s rights, including an extreme ban on abortions. Roe voted for Senate Bill 3, which would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of medical emergency, with no exception for rape and incest. Further, the bill would make a medically accepted technique called “dilation and evacuation” illegal and penalize doctors for performing it.
The bill passed in the Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 32-18 and now sits on Gov. Wolf’s desk. Wolf, a Democrat, has vowed to veto any bill that seeks to limit access to abortion. Roe, who is pro-life, said that the vote came at a precious time in his life, when he and his wife Alice found out they were to be the parents of twin boys.
“I got to see how far along they had developed, and I got to see their beating hearts and kicking in the womb,” he said. “I put my hand up to my wife’s skin and I could feel tiny, little kicks in there. These were human beings and had human rights already, and they had constitutional rights, in my opinion.
Love doesn’t count chromosomes, and we shouldn’t either.”
Sappey has also criticized Roe for his association with two groups that have far-right ideals. In the summer of 2012, Roe worked at the American Conservative Union, but left after only three months on the job, for what he calls “personal reasons.” On Dec. 17, 2017, he was in attendance at the Faith & Freedom Coalition of Pennsylvania’s annual Legislative Day in Harrisburg.
“I welcome a diversity of opinions, and I’m happy to take any invitation from any group, and tell them where I stand,” he said. “Faith informs people’s opinions. It informs political persuasions, and I don’t think that it precludes anyone from being involved in the political process.”
Roe’s opponent in this election is not just Sappey. It’s groups like PADems, TurnPABlue, and Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania, which are endorsing Sappey and other Democrats throughout the state. While he is not oblivious that there will be voters who will vote “D” merely as a referendum of anger on Trump, Roe said that his voting record, personal and political beliefs and actions are his, and his alone
“The only person who gets to decide who I am is me,” he said. “The only person who gets to decide what agenda I’m pushing is me. The only person who gets to decide what issues I’m willing to legislate for is me. The voters who are paying attention have already seen that.”
A few weeks ago, during a door-to-door campaign swing through Bradford Township, Roe spoke to a voter at her doorstep. Minutes after leaving her property, the woman caught up to him down the block, and told Roe that despite the fact that she is a Republican, she did not vote for him in the 2016 election. She was influenced by the campaign literature of his opponent, she said. “Since then,” she told him, ‘” have seen that you are actually an independent voice, and that you speak your mind, no matter who likes it.”
“She wanted to thank me for being a voice of reason, in an otherwise difficult time to find people,” Roe said. “Some people will try to make it out that all politics are national, and I’m doing my very best to show people that no, all politics are, in fact, still local. The person at the bottom of the ballot has more influence on a person’s everyday life than the person at the top.
“That’s been my aim for the last two years – to serve people on a local level – and I hope that they can see and appreciate that.” Source
September 5, 2018
Chester County Leadership: State Representative Eric Roe
On the eve of his election battle with first-time candidate Christina Sappey, first-term State Representative Eric Roe speaks to VISTA Today about growing up in the West Chester School District, learning customer service while stocking shelves for minimum wage at Staples in Downingtown, and working for RNC Chairman Michael Steele before moving to London, where he met his wife Alice, to pursue a master’s degree.
Roe talks about the circuitous path that eventually earned him his party’s nomination and the 8,000 doors he knocked on leading to his eventual victory, as he became the second-youngest member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.
Acknowledging 2018 is a challenging year to be running as a Republican, Roe emphasizes the responsibility he has to represent all the voters of his district, “regardless of their party affiliations or non-affiliations,” and even “those people who do not or cannot vote.”
Where did you grow up, Eric?
Eric as an infant with his mother, Mary Beth Roe.
I was born in rural Minnesota and moved here when I was three years old after my mom took a job at QVC, based in West Goshen.
I grew up two places – West Bradford Township and East Bradford Township. I went to West Bradford Elementary School, then East Bradford Elementary School, Pierce Middle School, and Henderson High School.
What’s fun about this job is that I get to represent the community that I grew up in.
What memories do you have of growing up in Chester County?
I remember the great schools I went to and the teachers who taught me. When I’m door knocking asking for votes, I’ll often come across one of my former teachers. It’s nice to catch up with them and have them see who I’ve become and what I’m doing for our community.
What was your first job?
My first job was at 16 years old stocking shelves at Staples in Downingtown. I had a friend who had previously worked at Staples, and she enjoyed it. Perhaps I’ve always been an office nerd at heart! It was that job that helped me appreciate the value of a dollar, work for minimum wage, and learn to save.
Eric at Highland Orchards, proudly sporting his West Bradford Elementary School sweatshirt.
So what lessons did you take away from that experience that stayed with you today?
That was my first time interacting with the public. People came in asking questions that I may or may not have had the answers to. I had to have the humility to admit when I didn’t have the answer and needed to go find out what the answer was.
Today, I am still in a customer service role in my capacity as a state representative, just in a different form. The taxpayers of Pennsylvania deserve certain services for their money. Many of them come to me asking questions about a gargantuan state bureaucracy, and I don’t always have the answer. It is my job to get answers for them and point them in the right direction.
Did you play any sports in high school? Were you involved in any clubs?
I was on the varsity tennis team and the treasurer of the Henderson High School Young Republicans Club. Funny enough, I was never on student government or the debate team. If I could go back, I’d probably have joined the debate team because I think that would have been a good experience.
I did try out for the Boys Speaking Contest. For the tryouts, they’d have you get up and give a monologue speech. The monologue would then be judged by a panel of teachers. If you made it to the finals, you would give the speech in front of the whole high school. I tried out and did not make it, unfortunately. Fast forward to today, and I give speeches from podiums all the time now. It was a great life lesson – not everyone gets a trophy, and I certainly didn’t.
What music were you listening to?
I was listening to the same music back then that I listen to today. In fact, some of the same exact CD’s – Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill. I’ve always just loved R&B and soul. Needless to say, I was absolutely crushed when I heard the news of Aretha Franklin’s passing.
Where did you go to college?
I went to American University in Washington DC. I knew I had an interest in politics and I wanted to be in a big city, so DC was a great place to study.
American University had a great international affairs program, and at the time, I thought I wanted to major in international politics. I was leaning toward majoring in French. I thought I wanted to get a translator certificate, but when you’re studying in a town like Washington, you have to make sure you are strategic about how you use your time there.
For all but one semester in college, I worked during the day and then took classes at night. I had several internships, but my first big break was with the Republican National Committee during my sophomore year of college.
Michael Steele was the Chairman of the RNC at the time, and as an intern, I sat right outside of his office. He and I got along very well, and he decided to put me on the payroll as a staff assistant. I performed tasks that ranged from getting coffee to writing letters to constituents and elected officials. I wrote a lot of letters, which helped hone my writing skills. And here I am today, still writing a ton of constituent letters!
What was your first big break?
The RNC was my first big break. I went from there to the Chertoff Group, a homeland security consulting firm. Michael Chertoff was the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security after Governor Tom Ridge had that job. After Secretary Chertoff transitioned out of government, he started his own homeland security consulting firm, and that’s where I worked for him. I learned a lot about national security in this job. I worked under Secretary Chertoff, General Michael Hayden, who was previously the Director of the CIA, and several other former high-ranking government officials. My role was largely research and scheduling. I did some project by project consulting after I left Washington in 2012.
I moved back to Pennsylvania and realized I wanted to get my master’s degree, so I applied to several different programs. A particular conversation I had one time while I was at the RNC had an influence on where I’d go for my master’s. A pollster named Frank Luntz had challenged me to consider living abroad for a year or two to expand my horizons.
Eric proposing to Alice in front of Parliament.
In fall of 2013, I moved to London, England on a student visa. Three weeks later, I met the woman I would eventually marry. We were in the same bible study at church. She worked at Burberry at the time. At the risk of sounding trite, it really was love at first sight.
I was in London from 2013-2014 and completed my last coursework from the States in 2015. I started working as an administrative and policy analyst for County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, which I did for two years.
That was a great job because not only was I doing scheduling and constituent casework, but I was also writing speeches, sometimes representing the Commissioner throughout the county at events. The fact that she trusted me enough to represent her at various meetings and events that she couldn’t attend meant a lot to me.
What did Commissioner Kichline see in you?
We got along very well. Michelle has a great story. She is very successful in her own right, and I think she trusted me to tell that story for her at times. She knew I was impressed with her. It’s good to work for someone who believes many of the things you believe.
How did you begin your path toward becoming an elected official?
I had sat down with Val DiGiorgio, Chester County’s Republican Party Chairman, in 2013 and expressed interest in running at some point. I was not ready at the time, but I wanted him to know my intentions. He said he would be happy to consider me for that, but he recommended that I get a master’s degree first. At the time, I was considering law school, but he said that being an attorney was not necessary to be a state representative. I still look back at the sage advice he gave me, and I’m glad I didn’t go to law school. I probably would have gone for all the wrong reasons back then.
Late in 2015, I threw my hat in the ring for State Representative for the 158th District, the district I grew up in. The district stretches from greater West Chester down to the tri-state border where PA-DE-MD meet. It stretches from West Goshen westward near Downingtown and Coatesville, south through Unionville, around Kennett Square, and down through Avondale and Landenberg.
I began seeking the endorsement from the Republican Party in 2015. In February 2016, I came up short at the endorsement convention. It was close, but when another gentleman received more votes than I did at the Party’s convention, I dropped out of the race. I took Alice and went to the Caribbean on a much needed vacation for a week after that.
When I saw the numbers of the votes from the GOP committee members, I thought, “I’m young, I have a long career ahead of me.” I thought I would gracefully bow out and try again next time. And hopefully, the GOP Committee would remember that.
A couple months later, the gentleman who received the endorsement decided not to run. I decided to throw my hat back in the ring, and I went through the endorsement process again. I was nervous, but a little more confident this time around. After winning the endorsement the second time, I had to run a write-in primary campaign.
I was running against a fellow young republican, who is now a friend of mine. I was the endorsed candidate, but we had to run a write-in campaign because of how the timing worked out for the original candidate to back out of the race. Additionally, the Democratic candidate at the time was also hoping to win a write-in campaign on the Republican side so that she would not have an opponent in the General Election.
I knocked on 2,000 doors and raised a significant amount of money in a short period of time that spring. Chairman DiGiorgio was very helpful with that undertaking. He and the Republican Party of Chester County really went to bat for me in that short span of time. I won the primary race comfortably. That was my second big break in politics.
I spent the rest of the summer and fall campaigning, which my new bride was very supportive of. She went door knocking with me, knocking 8,000 more doors that summer after the Primary. It gets very hot and humid in July and August in Pennsylvania, and door knocking got me well acquainted with it.
Knocking on doors isn’t easy, but there are so many kind people who live in this district, and it’s a pleasure to meet them and hear their concerns. On the other hand, I’ve been bitten by two dogs doing this. Those dogs obviously didn’t see my 100% rating from the Humane Society! I’ve had some very personal experiences meeting voters through door knocking. I love meeting the people who send me to Harrisburg. There have been times when I’ve knocked on someone’s door and they answer in tears. I’ve knocked on people’s doors when they just happened to need to talk to their state representative. It’s a very humbling experience.
I have a large Latino population in my district, and with my background in Spanish, I can use my foreign language skills. Being able to speak to many voters in their preferred language has greatly helped me connect with my constituents.
What challenges and opportunities are you focus on right now?
Eric and Alice with newborns Ethan (L) and Callum (R).
Well, my lovely wife and I just had twins, so whatever happens in November, I already have the best jobs I’ll ever get; a husband and father. The boys are five months old and incredibly happy babies. My wife Alice is an excellent mother.
It’s a challenging year to be a Republican. The incumbent President’s Party generally has an uphill climb in the following mid-term election. There’s no surprise there – it just happens. I think the voters of my district have seen that I’m an independent voice for them in Harrisburg, although I am a member of a particular party. I answer ultimately to the voters of my district, regardless of their party affiliations or non-affiliations.
Not only do I represent members of every political party, but I also represent those people who do not or cannot vote. I have a large constituency who cannot vote because they’re not American citizens yet. Even so, I’m still their voice in Harrisburg, so I don’t just represent those who show up on Election Day.
I think the trademark of an effective legislator is on full display when they set lofty goals – not just easy ones. There are specific bills that I campaigned on that we’ve gotten done, and then there are certain bills that I have fought for but have not gotten done yet. For the last two years, we’ve made record-high investments in our state’s education system. The highest amount of school funding we’ve ever had in the history of Pennsylvania is what we have now. I went to public school here in Chester County myself, and my kids will eventually go to them as well, so that’s one accomplishment I’m particularly proud of. And we did it without raising taxes!
We reformed the pension system here in Pennsylvania, which was underfunded and ballooning toward disaster. We did that with a Republican legislature and a Democratic governor. It was an excellent example of reaching across the aisle to get things done.
(Image via John Jay Institute)
I’m currently working on some other legislation that we haven’t gotten across the finish line yet, but it’s legislation that I will never stop fighting for. I used to be on the board of the Domestic Violence Center, so I am working on getting some domestic violence legislation passed. Currently, in Pennsylvania, if a judge issues someone a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA), that abuser has 60 days to relinquish any firearms they own. The incidence of the fatality skyrockets when a firearm is involved in domestic abuse. 60 days – two months – is far too long for that person, who has been considered exceptionally dangerous, to have to give up their firearms.
The bill that I’m working on right now reduces it to one day. The individual would have to relinquish their firearm(s) one day after the PFA was issued to a police officer, an attorney, or a licensed firearms dealer. I’m determined to get that bill across the finish line. That bill passed the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously. I’m hoping for a similar passage on the House side.
Another bill that I worked on that gained quite a bit of media attention is a bill to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. A bill that I’ve been pushing for over the last year and a half is a bill that would create an independent citizen-led commission to draw district boundary lines. The people on the commission would be Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. No elected officials or lobbyists on the commission. Both parties are guilty of gerrymandering. That’s a bill that has not gotten across the finish line yet, but whether it happens this year or next year, it’s never too late to do the right thing.
And lastly, Eric, what’s the best piece of advice?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is to trust God and not worry. No matter what comes my way – good, bad or otherwise – I don’t have to be anxious or fearful. That advice has come in very handy recently, now that I’m newly a father of twins and a homeowner.
Publisher’s Note: VISTA Today will publish a Chester County Leadership Profile of Christina Sappey Thursday morning.
Laura Wagoner contributed to this leadership profile.
I just had an interesting encounter with a Republican State Rep by the name of Eric Roe. By all accounts he is a rather moderate Republican and he comported himself very well when I greeted him after he rang my doorbell, so I wanted to share our exchange. He was at my door to ask for my support and my vote on November 6th.
“Hi, my name is Eric Roe… I am not here as a surrogate of Donald Trump. In fact, it is very difficult to run today as a moderate Republican in this district. I want you to know that I support legislation to do away with unfair gerrymandering, and I am a big supporter of public education”.
Response: “Well, I respect the fact that you are out here on Labor Day weekend pounding the pavement and making contact with voters. I must say that you seem like a fine person, and you are certainly hitting all of the right chords with the political positions that you mentioned. However, I have to be perfectly honest with you. I realize that ‘all politics is local’, but I’m afraid that you are guilty by association with respect to the political party to which you belong and the despicable person in the White House who has hijacked your party. Frankly, I am outraged at the direction that the GOP has taken this country, and I am committed to using my vote and my voice to ensure that the GOP is replaced by Democrats. In short, I will be voting straight Democratic for local, state, and federal candidates. It is simply a bridge too far for me to vote for any member of the Republican Party. I’m sorry to say that I won’t give your candidacy serious consideration, but I do appreciate you stopping by today. And by the way, my feelings aren’t personal. I am motivated by my ideals, values, and by my sense of patriotism. Have a good day”.
“O.K, um, well… thank you for your honesty, sir”.
Is this the Resume of a ‘moderate’?
June 2, 2018
Letter to editor: Support LGBT community
I am writing today to bring attention to Representative Eric Roe’s (PA-158) dismal record regarding our LGBT community.
In June 2017, the PA House of Representatives voted 182-11 in favor of a resolution designating June as LGBT Pride month in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This bipartisan, overwhelming show of support was a testimony to how far Pennsylvania has come in recognizing that all members of our community deserve respect and acceptance.
However, as a constituent of Rep. Roe’s 158th district, I found it shocking and disappointing that Rep. Roe was one of those 11 votes against this resolution. PA’s 158th is a moderate district full of compassionate citizens of all parties. Rep. Roe’s conservative vote, far to the extreme right even of House Speaker Turzai, who voted in favor of the resolution, suggests that Rep. Roe does not understand that he has a responsibility to represent his constituents, not himself.
Apparently Rep. Roe, himself, does not support his LGBT constituents.
During the month of June, as members of my family celebrate LGBT Pride month, we will also be urging constituents of PA-158 to understand they have a choice this fall. In November, instead of voting for Rep. Roe and reaffirming his disappointing views on LGBT rights, we can vote for moderate Christina Sappey, who will represent all the people of PA-158.
I plan to vote my values and urge PA-158 constituents (Avondale, East Bradford, East Marlborough, London Britain, New Garden, Newlin, West Bradford, West Goshen (part) and West Marlborough) to do the same.
Lucy J. Oblonsky
Oct 15, 2014
Chester County PRESS
The Cuyler Walker syndrome
By Uncle Irvin
I don’t know anyone in Chester County who is not talking about Cuyler Walker. Brahmins like him make good gossip.
However,Walker’s public behavior has been erratic. To wit: He resigned as the GOP candidate for the 158th State Legislative District at the last minute; his name has been removed from the website of the Pepper Hamilton law firm, where he was a partner; and he showed up at a recent East Marlborough Township supervisors meeting, where he is chairman, and conducted the meeting as if nothing had happened.
No other East Marlborough supervisor said a word about Walker’s public conduct.
Uncle Irvin does not have a Ph.D. in English, but if Walker’s “personal circumstances” precipitated a last-minute resignation from a race for state office, how can those same “personal circumstances” not matter in a local public office? It just doesn’t figure.
PS: Uncle Irvin has said more than once that Walker’s 17-year tenure as an East Marlborough supervisor has been very positive for the township and its residents
Sept 29, 2014
Democrats: GOP State House candidate faces probe
by Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee charged Sunday that Chester County Republican Cuyler Walker, who last week pulled out of the race for the state legislature, was facing a law enforcement investigation.
The Democrats issued a statement that cited a recent court filing by Walker’s lawyer, Michael S. Gill. The filing stated there had been a newspaper report of “investigative rumors.”
A footnote in the filing said that if he was forced to testify in the election dispute, “Walker will assert his privileges under the Fifth Amendment” to remain silent.
The Democrats provided no information on the type of investigation or the agency that was investigating.
Gill, in a brief interview Sunday, said he believed the Democrats were correct in their statement that Walker was facing an investigation. But he said he could not provide any additional information.
Legal experts stress that although law enforcement agencies investigate many individuals, the probes frequently do not find wrongdoing.
Walker, a SEPTA board member and lawyer who has served for 17 years as East Marlborough township supervisor, withdrew from the race Monday, more than a month after the deadline to withdraw. Source
Sept 29, 2014
Lawyer: Ex-candidate Walker faces police probe
Former Republican state House candidate Cuyler Walker, who declined to provide an explanation in Commonwealth Court for withdrawing from his race, is facing a police investigation related to what his attorney claims to be “intense negative rumors and innuendos.”
According to court documents, Walker’s attorney, Michael S. Gill of West Chester, said his client would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and not feed into an “improperly motivated attempt to gather information for (and drag this court into the arena of a) political campaign.” Read more
Dec 12, 2017
Pa. lawmakers send Wolf abortion restrictions he plans to veto
Pennsylvania’s House on Tuesday voted after an impassioned debate to send a bill limiting abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy to Gov. Tom Wolf, who immediately repeated his threat to veto it.
The Republican-controlled House voted 121-70 for the legislation that would alter the existing 24-week limit.
The measure would keep in place exceptions under current law for when a mother’s life is at risk, or if she could suffer a serious, permanent injury without an abortion. It does not allow exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.
Supporters said medical advances mean premature fetuses are now able to survive at an earlier point in the pregnancy than previously possible.
The strong feelings and stark language that characterizes the abortion discussion on the national level were reflected in the House debate.
“As people try to frame this debate in terms of women’s rights, the question that begs to be asked is, what about the rights of those preborn women in the womb being exterminated?” said Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-York.
Opponents argued that parents should be allowed to make their own abortion decisions with medical input and by consulting their sources of spiritual advice.
“We have to be careful in this body that we don’t put an ideology on everybody and say that everybody has to live like this,” said Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny.
Planned Parenthood said the bill would make Pennsylvania’s abortion law among the nation’s most restrictive.
Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, said a House that is “80 percent men and 0 percent physicians” should not be making decisions for women about terminating their pregnancies. She noted that a tiny fraction of abortions currently occur after 20 weeks.
The bill “does not protect women,” said Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery. “It attempts to control them by imposing the views of some legislators on women, and I think that’s wrong — that’s morally wrong.”
The legislation also would outlaw what the bill terms “dismemberment abortion,” a phrase not used by medical professionals. It would effectively ban dilation-and-evacuation, a procedure that is the most common method of second-trimester abortion.
“Dismemberment abortion is completely inhumane, it’s barbaric,” said Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York.
Some opponents noted that the bill had not received public hearings, while supporters said the issues have been discussed in depth for years.
Wolf, a Democrat, called the bill an assault on the doctor-patient relationship and “cruel” because it lacks exceptions for rape or incest.
“These women deserve our support, not to be maligned by politicians in Harrisburg for making medical decisions about their bodies for their families with their doctors,” Wolf said in a written statement.
The bill passed the Senate in February by a 32-18 vote. The margins in both chambers raise doubts about whether supporters will be able to muster sufficient votes to override Wolf’s promised veto. Source House votes here
Oct 17, 2017
Daily Local News Editorial
Rep Roe, Rep Hennessey & Rep Milne were the only members of the CC Delegation not in attendance.
August 31, 2017
Southern Chester County News
Attorney General visits Kennett to wage war on opioid crisis
KENNETT SQUARE >> Determined to curb an opioid epidemic that is now the leading cause of death for all Americans under age 50, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came to Kennett Square to discuss the crisis with state lawmakers, municipal officials and law enforcement officers.
“I need to know what’s happening on the ground and how my office can assist in the local efforts,” said Shapiro, who has visited eight counties in the past two days. “We need to have a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to deal with the number one public health threat in Pennsylvania – the heroin and opioid epidemic. And these forums provide a great opportunity.”
The discussion, which coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day, took place at Kennett Fire Company’s Red Clay Room, and included almost the entire Chester County legislative delegation, state Rep. Steve Barrar, state Rep. John Lawrence, state Rep. Harry Lewis, state Rep. Becky Corbin, state Rep. Warren Kampf, and state Rep. Carolyn Comitta. Also in attendance were local police chiefs from throughout Chester County and Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell. Read more
April 19, 2017
Yesterday in Harrisburg, Representatives Steve Samuelson (Democrat, Northampton County) and Eric Roe (Republican, Chester County) shared the co-sponsor memo for House Bill 722, a joint resolution to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to establish an independent citizens commission to redistrict State Senate, State House and Congressional districts.
As the memo makes clear:
the Independent Redistricting Commission tasked to draw boundary lines will not be beholden to incumbent politicians or political parties. Our proposal ensures that State Legislative and Congressional districts are drawn in a fair and impartial manner. This legislation was developed in conjunction with Fair Districts PA, which is a statewide coalition that includes the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Common Cause Pennsylvania, the Committee of Seventy, the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and more than 20 other organizations..
March 21, 2017
Southern CHESTER COUNTY
LETTER: It appears Eric Roe is going back on his promise
I attended a debate between Mr. Eric Roe and his opponent just before the November 2016 election. They were running for the office of State House Representative from the 158th district. At that debate Mr. Roe held up a flyer from Planned Parenthood and stated that both they and his opponent had misrepresented his position on choice even in the case of rape or incest. Read more
March 12, 2017
Daily Local News
State Rep. Eric Roe R-158, who now represents the same one Pitts did when he was a state representative from 1973 to 1996, said Pitts is his idol.
“When I was campaigning, and knocking on 10,000 doors, some people asked me why I was running,” Roe said. “Most of the time I gave them the political answer, which is to take care of our schools, take care of our seniors, property tax burdens and tort reform, and that’s true. But sometimes I would just spit out the real reason – I want to be like Congressman Pitts. He is a man of deep conviction, and I have huge shoes to fill.” Read more
Congressman Joe Pitts and The Family
Congressman Joe Pitts – Open Secrets Detail on contributions to his campaign – see “Health”
Will he run the same campaign in 2018?
October 26, 2016
Letter: Nothing but lies and deception from Eric Roe
In this election season, we’ve been inundated with lies from both parties at the top of the ticket. I had hoped that this local campaign would have been run on the issues, but that has not been the case. Today I am calling out my opponent Eric Roe for blatantly and repeatedly lying about my positions. I have gone on record in newspapers as well as on my Facebook posts that I DID NOT support Tom Wolf’s tax plan.1 You can read it for yourself at the link below. I also said and still stand by my statement that I also opposed the House Leadership budget. Both budgets were wrong for the people of Pennsylvania and yet for weeks now, both by mail and in TV ads, Eric Roe has been lying about my political stands and intentions.
Is that the kind of legislator we need in Harrisburg? Someone who will lie to win?
Eric Roe has been secretive regarding his views. He chose not to put any position papers up on his website until last month, hiding his real views from voters. When he finally did, his first version; “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” were quickly taken down because they were so extreme. His new positions are so vague that they fail to show what he honestly believes.
What a shame that instead of honestly discussing issues, Eric chose to rely on that old lie “all Democrats want to raise your taxes,” trying to incite fear and worry among voters.
I have been asking for public debates since May. His campaign refused to respond to the League of Women Voters until October and when they did, they would only agree to one debate date in November. Rather late. When the date and location that he wanted weren’t available, I suggested New Garden Township. His campaign’s response was that New Garden was too far away. NOTE TO ERIC- New Garden Township is part of the 158th District and should never be considered too far away.
I say this to Eric – If as a candidate, you are unwilling to represent yourself and your opponent with honesty and integrity, then you don’t reflect our Chester County Values. This might be how Washington D.C. acts, but the constituents of the 158th District deserve much better than this.
Susan Rzucidlo Candidate for the PA House of Representatives
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