By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times of Chester County, Jan 18th, 2018
After a local Congressman took to social media over the weekend to allege that two individuals from his opponent’s campaign trespassed at his home, harassed his wife and took pictures — an account in complete variance with that of the individuals involved, it remains unclear exactly what, if anything, occurred on Jan. 13 in a normally quite West Goshen neighborhood.
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello took to Facebook Saturday evening to say his wife, Christine, a former top staffer for former state Sen. Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, had been harassed by two individuals at their West Goshen home….
Read on with many details, which converge to show the event in question was really part of a routine canvass by Planned Parenthood, at The Times of Chester County
Letter from Martin McElroy, East Whiteland, in Daily Local News, 1/8/18
Congressman Ryan Costello has a miserly way of wishing a Merry Christmas to middle-class Americans. The Republicans delivered a 1.5 trillion dollar lump of coal to the middle class and Republicans like Costello are doing their best to put the prettiest bow on it as they try to sell it to their skeptical constituents.
Costello wanted an even larger lump of coal for us this Christmas when he voted for the House version of the tax bill. The Senate bill only softened the imminent body blow to the middle class. Either way, Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud.
Wealthy donors have been investing tens of millions in Republican candidates for years. Unlike Costello, a few honest GOP members of Congress even admitted their wealthy donors were demanding a tax windfall under their Christmas trees this year – or else! Without massive paybacks, their big donors will cut off the cash flow and give their Republican minions lumps of coal to fund next year’s election cycle.
The most scandalous example of donor payback is the reduction in the estate tax that lavishes the richest of the rich with a tax dodge worth billions $. Worse, the bill Costello originally supported would have repealed the tax in a few years. Again and again, the PA-6 Republican proves to be a high-yield investment for the elite at the expense of ordinary citizens….
keep reading at Daily Local News
by Mark Hand, ThinkProgress, 12/20/17 [Two of the 24 R’s in the Caucus who voted for the tax bill, Ryan Costello and Pat Meehan, represent parts of Chester County.]
Environmental groups and clean energy activists are taking names and planning action against the Republicans who voted for a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax code that includes provisions to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling and continues massive subsidies for fossil fuel production.
Members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus — a group formed in early 2016 to bring Republicans and Democrats together to advance meaningful climate change legislation — who voted for the tax bill are expected to attract the ire of groups that have been fighting for decades to protect ANWR and taking steps to prevent the onset of catastrophic climate change.
The vast majority of the Republican climate caucus members joined their fellow GOP lawmakers to vote for a tax bill that, as League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski explained Wednesday, “will turn one of our last remaining wild places into an industrial oilfield.”
The House on Wednesday gave its final approval to the Republican plan in a 224-to-201 vote, clearing the tax bill’s final hurdle in Congress and sending it to President Donald Trump to be signed into law.
The House Climate Solutions Caucus currently has 62 members, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. Out of the 31 Republican members, 24 voted for the Republican tax bill…..
keep reading at ThinkProgress
Letter to editor from Luke Bauerlein, Phoenixville, Daily Local News, 12/19/17
As a constituent of Representative Costello’s and one of the fifteen citizens that peacefully occupied his office on Thursday, December 7th, I’m writing to provide context for the sit-in and to share my concerns with the way our Representative characterized this action in a fundraising email sent out by his team on Thursday afternoon. Seeing as he was not present, it sounds like he may have been misled about the nature of our visit.
A few points of clarification I will offer up front.
– Our actions were entirely non-violent and lawful.
– We arrived in the congressman’s office at 9:00 AM and left of our own accord at 1:30 PM.
– We were never asked by staffers to leave his office.
– We were asked to step away from an unoccupied staffer’s desk area and back into the “designated public waiting area.”
– We complied with this request.
– We were not informed staff was calling the police….
keep reading at Daily Local News. The letter goes on to refute Rep. Costello’s statement about “inappropriate and disruptive behavior from the radical left” and to critique provisions of the bill.