Category Archives: US House PA-6

A response to Rep. Costello’s recent Op/Ed

by Concerned Citizens Action Group PA-06, Times of Chester County, Aug 25th, 2017

The following is an open letter to U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6):

Dear Representative Ryan Costello,

Thank you for making a public statement about Charlottesville (Op/ed: Hate is a dangerous thing in The Times of Chester County). We need to talk about it. Staying silent and pretending it didn’t happen is not an option. You defined hate as “a personal decision to decide to be intolerant and cruel toward another individual or group of individuals based on another’s skin color, religion, gender, ethnicity, or other similar type characteristic,” and we agree. The counter-protesters were not a “hate-group” based on your definition.

The only thing the counter-protesters opposed were those who hate. The counter-protesters didn’t care about race, religion or gender. They were there to oppose the hateful ones, again, as per your definition. There were a group of people chanting “Jews will not replace us,” which is a Neo-Nazi ideology. There were white supremacists and KKK members who want all people of color to leave the country, or worse. Those are the real hateful people. The people who opposed them were not hateful. They were heroes, they came unarmed to oppose hate. Heather Heyer, who was killed during the protest is a hero. She came unarmed, to support the people who had hate directed against them even if she wasn’t a target of their hate. She gave her life for the cause. Please use her name when you speak.

It’s not a false debate over who is to blame here. There is no organized “alt-left.” That’s a term made-up by the president to make it seem like there are equivalent hate groups on the left who are analogous to the self-described “alt-right.” Are there some people on the left whose tactics of fighting hate are distasteful? Sure, many of us agree that Antifa goes over the line sometimes. But remember, they don’t hate a person based on their physical characteristics or religion. They fight against white supremacists, the KKK and Neo-Nazis because they are hate groups….

keep reading at Concerned Citizens Action Group PA-06

Perplexed by Costello concern

letter, Daily Local News, 8/5/17 (letters are not online at the Daily Local)

I was somewhat perplexed by the article “Costello talks of security concerns” (Daily Local, July 23).

Rep. Costello (R-PA 6) is quoted as saying that those trying to get him to attend a town hall meeting with constituents earlier this year “actually were creating a potential trap for me so people would be able to shoot at me.”

Did he mean 1) that he thinks the organizers were (and perhaps still are) planning to assassinate him? Or 2) that he worries about appearing at a public event that could also be attended by unstable people who have guns?

I have attended some of the rallies outside his office, calling for him to act on issues like supporting Medicare and opposing Trumpcare; and I have to say, hypothesis 1) seems to me absurd. The people who organize and attend those rallies are not deranged and are not violent, quite the contrary.

Hypothesis 2) seems more plausible. When Rep. Costello has appeared among constituents outside his office on Market St.–which is a good thing to do–it has been without advance notice; and the town hall he has held was inside the Courthouse, with security screening. That is not an irrational decision, given the attack in a public venue on former congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and those around her. Even the most pro-gun members of Congress do not seem eager to allow members of the public to bring guns into the Capitol building.

I have often noticed that the shades on Rep. Costello’s office windows are drawn. His staff have said that is because they fear papers on their desks being seen from outside, but that’s hard to understand, as his windows are one floor above ground level. Perhaps the real fear is being shot at from outside?

If Rep. Costello and his staff are really worried about the dangers posed by unstable people who should not have access to guns, can we expect him to oppose bills now before Congress that would make it easier for people to carry concealed guns, to equip weapons with silencers, and to bring firearms into public schools?

We’ll see, but it’s hard to be optimistic, since Rep. Costello recently voted for HR 1181, to allow gun purchase by almost 200,000 veterans who currently are prevented from buying guns by action of Veterans Administration medical professionals under the National Instant Background Check system.

Still, Rep. Costello likes to represent himself as a moderate representing a “purple” district, and perhaps his security concerns will give him a chance to distance himself from the NRA and to show that he has everyone’s security at heart, not just his own.

Nathaniel Smith
West Chester

EMILY’s List puts Reps. Costello, Meehan, Smucker ‘on notice’ for records on women’s issues

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 7/30/17

The news that a national organization dedicated to supporting female candidates who support pro-abortion positions has targeted U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello for defeat in the 2018 election came as no surprise to members of his campaign.

But the response offered was to call out the candidate that EMILY’s List has endorsed for the seat, Democrat Chrissy Houlahan for not taking public positions of the issues that the group attacked Costello for.

Last week, EMILY’s List announced that it is putting “on notice” 50 Republican candidates for the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for having taken what it called “appallingly anti-woman, anti-family records.” The group promised to help defeat the incumbents — who include all three of the House members who represent districts in Chester County, in the 2018 midterm elections.

The effort, explained Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, “is a targeted opposition program. This group of Republicans has been particularly bad at supporting women and their families, not least with votes to defund Planned Parenthood.”…

keep reading at Daily Local News

I want to hear from you! — Chrissy Houlahan

Jul 15, 2017

When I’m in Congress, I will go to work every single day with Pennsylvania families in mind. I know a lot of politicians say that, but I actually mean it.

You’ll be able to count on me to make decisions on this sole question: how will this piece of legislation impact the people who live here?

That’s why it’s so important to me to hear from you. Please share your story with me and explain what issues and ideas are most important to you and your family.

You may know my story already, but here it is. This is who I am and why I care about our democratic values and issues:

I grew up a product of the American Dream. Mine is a story that could only happen in America. My father is a Holocaust survivor who came here with his widowed mother when he was a child, and later served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. Because of his Navy service, I grew up in half a dozen states and attended twice that many schools. Despite all that turbulence, my parents always emphasized education and the opportunities a good education could provide.

Thanks to the opportunities and values they provided me, I was able to attend college on an ROTC scholarship and have since had a career that included service in the U.S. Air Force, growing and running three small businesses, and working as an educator. My husband, Bart, and I have also raised two fiercely independent young women.

There is my story, and I would love to hear yours. I believe that if you’re going to represent someone, you can’t just tell them what you think. You have to get out and listen!

Unfortunately, Ryan Costello and other Republicans have lost touch with the simple idea of good governance.

Help me to better understand what is on your mind by sharing your story, thoughts, and concerns with me today:

Listening to you,