Roe in the News

June 2, 2018 Opinion
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

Kennett Square


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

Gov. Tom Wolf vows to veto a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and criminalize the most common procedure used in second-trimester abortions.
Gov. Tom Wolf vows to veto a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and criminalize the most common procedure used in second-trimester abortions. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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 Rowe, 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
Dear Friends,

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
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”

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