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Constituent has issues with ‘both’ Ryan Costellos

Letter from Luke Bauerlein, Phoenixville, in The Pottstown Mercury, 9/16/17

Open Letter to “both” of the Ryan Costellos currently serving District 6 of Pennsylvania:

On a past Tuesday night I had the honor of being selected to join one of Congressman Costello’s telephone town halls. As an independent voter and thinker, I was curious to hear the congressman’s thoughts on DACA and how he would approach a legislative solution from his perspective as a self-described moderate.

Imagine my surprise to find there was more than one Ryan Costello on the call! Unfortunately for the congressman, this next part comes with a spoiler alert: of the two versions of Congressman Costello I encountered on September 5, 2017, there is only one version I found to be electable come 2018.

The first version of the congressman I heard that night, and the one that most often comes through in his public newsletter, spoke accurately about the unconstitutionality of DACA but also with compassion about the urgency needed from Congress to develop a bi-partisan, legislative solution to our immigration crisis. I was impressed.

Unfortunately, there was another version of the congressman that appeared. This version spoke vaguely about the “toxicity” of our current political environment and then called out two of his constituents by name on the call – Nathaniel S. and Claire W. Their offense? Having published letters to the editor in local newspapers that were critical of the congressman. Without providing additional context, he then proceeded to say that his Berks County office would be closed due to a protest action being planned by a group he said could be labeled as “alt-left.”

Needless to say, this is not the type of behavior I expect from my elected representative….

keep reading at The Pottstown Mercury

Shusterman announces bid for state rep in 157th House District

By Digital First Media, The Mercury, 9/13/17

Melissa Shusterman, a fourth-generation Phoenixville-area resident, Conestoga High School graduate, business owner and mother wants to unseat incumbent state Rep. Warren Kampf in the 157th House District.

Shusterman, who has never held elected office before, is running on a “common sense before politics” platform and hopes to utilize recent Democratic Party energy by activists to flip the 157th District.

Shusterman said she is not a career politician, rather she’s a passionate citizen who loves her community and is fed up with the political gridlock in Harrisburg. As state representative, Shusterman said she will fight to protect seniors, put Pennsylvania on the path to fiscal responsibility, and put an end to the Keystone Exams.

She started her career in the media after receiving her master’s degree in media studies from American University. She worked in the field for 20 years at several different startup and national media companies including: The Food Network, VH1, FX, HGTV, MTV, QVC and Fuse network. …

keep reading at The Mercury

Patricia Maisano Endorsed by PA Treasurer Joe Torsella

from Patricia Maisano, 9/13/17

I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed by PA State Treasurer, Joe Torsella.

As the Democratic nominee for Chester County Treasurer, I am honored to have the support of Joe Torsella, who is already working hard to be an advocate for the people of Pennsylvania. In a statement, Mr. Torsella said the following regarding his endorsement:

“I am proud to endorse Patricia Maisano for Chester County Treasurer. Patricia has built a successful business as an advocate for those who need it most. She has the experience and expertise to give Chester County taxpayers what they need, an advocate fighting for them in Chester County government. As the Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I have no doubt that Patricia Maisano is the most qualified, experienced candidate with the tenacity and proven track record to represent the best interests of everyone. I encourage all Chester County voters to join me in supporting Patricia Maisano for Chester County Treasurer.”

This year, we have an historic opportunity to win Chester County Row Offices for the first time in over 200 years. I am excited to have Mr. Torsella’s support, but even more excited to have yours. As always, I thank you for the overwhelming support you have given my campaign as Democratic leaders in Chester County, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the upcoming elections.

As a reminder, my fundraiser with U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) on Friday, September 22nd. I hope that you will join us, and that you will continue to help us spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and Democrats within your zone. Together, we will make this event, and this campaign, a success.