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Chgo Sun-Times: Turning Big Dem Contributor into 'Staunch Republican'
NewsBusters.org ^ | 7/17/07 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 07/17/2007 6:14:03 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Why is it that every time the MSM writes a story about a supposedly "staunch Republican" who is vocally supporting the opposing Party, we have to wonder of its veracity? Maybe it's because there always seems to be a few little problems with the claim of "staunchness" on the part of the MSM's favored Party hopper du jour? And in this case, the Chicago Sun-Times story titled "GOP lawyer sold on Dems" by Jennifer Hunter, we have no better assurances than we ever do that the claimed "staunch Republican" is either very "staunch" or very "Republican."

Sun-Times writer Hunter dug up a supposedly "staunch Republican" named Jim Ronca, a trial lawyer from Pennsylvania. Mr. Ronca, claims Hunter, is "certain of one thing: He is not going to vote Republican in the 2008 presidential election."

But there is more than that. He also says he'll financially support Democrats, and he makes this announcement as if this is somehow an earth shattering rebuke to the GOP, or so the Sun-Times wishes us to believe.

"I'm not only going to vote Democratic, I'm going to financially support the Democrats," Ronca said after a luncheon forum of the American Association for Justice, featuring Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Barack Obama, former Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Joe Biden. "The Republicans in Washington are an embarrassment."
Well.... he told them, eh?

So this "staunch Republican" is now going to financially support the Democrats? This seems an about face for a Republican, doesn't it?

Unfortunately for the Sun-Times' attempt to make Ronca seem the dyed-in-the-wool Republican, Mr. Ronca has a long, long history of being a Republican who financially supports Democrats. In fact, a quick review of his public donation record proves that he almost never gives to a Republican at all. Out of the 10 candidates he's donated to, only two of them were Republicans... and one of those was Arlen Spector who hardly counts as a Republican in the first place! (One of the candidates he donated to I could not quickly identify the party affiliation. If anyone knows what party Bruce Bradley was in I'd appreciate the info.)

Some "staunch Republican" Ronca turns out to be!

Here are some of his political donations:

James R. Ronca
Schmidt, Ronca and Kramer

$1,000 Harris Wofford (Democrat, PA) 6/22/1994
$250 Charles Oberly (Democrat, PA) 10/3/1994
$500 Edward Kennedy (Democrat, MA) 11/16/1995
$250 Stewart Greenleaf (Republican, PA) 12/29/1999
$250 Patrick Casey (Democrat, PA) 6/3/2000
$500 Ron Klink (Democrat, PA) 6/13/2000
$500 Ron Klink (Democrat, PA) 9/15/2000
$500 Arlen Specter (Republican, PA) 11/5/2001
$500 Allyson Schwartz (Democrat, PA) 3/30/2004
$2,000 John Kerry (Democrat, MA) 5/27/2004
$500 Allyson Schwartz (Democrat, PA) 8/23/2005
$1,000 Bob Casey (Democrat, PA) 9/13/2006
$500 Bob Casey (Democrat, PA) 9/30/2005
$500 Bruce Bradley (?) 9/5/2006

Wow, thousands to Democrats, and pennies to the GOP. You know, the Party he is supposed to be a "staunch" member of?

Now, one might say that since Rona is a lawyer in Pennsylvania, he would have to support quite a few Democrats. After all, he is surrounded by them in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, right? All right, that might be a fair question. But that does not answer to why he has donated to a Massachusetts leftist (Teddy Kennedy) and supported the horribly leftist presidential candidate for the 2004 presidential election (John Kerry)? Maybe his support of local Democrats can be explained away, but not his support for lions of the left outside his state.

How many "staunch Republicans" do YOU know who would donate to Teddy Kennedy? I'd lay odds that such a creature is far and few between.

So, the claims that Jim Ronca is a "staunch Republican" doesn't hold much water and neither does the Sun-Times' story!

My last question is also a curiosity. We see these stories of so-called Republicans who are jumping ship to support the Dems all the time. Why is it that the MSM never sees fit to publish a story where Dems are jumping ship to go with the GOP? Did they get so discouraged with the Reagan Democrat that they vowed never to write such a story again?

It would seem so.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrat; democrats; elections; enemedia; gop; jamesronca; mediabias; msm; ronca
Never a jumpin Dem, but they can ALWAYS find a jumpin Republican!
1 posted on 07/17/2007 6:14:06 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

See Jim. See Jim vote. Vote Jim, vote!
Don’t you wanna be like Jim?


2 posted on 07/17/2007 6:20:39 AM PDT by DancesWithBolsheviks (Tagline currently under construction.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Look, it’s the Sun-Times. It’s a joke paper, a jerk paper, a pile of you know what. It has become nothing but the house-organ for the Dhimmicrats. The Chicago Tribune is almost as bad, both are dying. The Tribune’s give-away Red-Eye tabloid aimed at trying to win back the “youth readers,” is an embarrassment even to skim through—no news whatsoever, just the club and theatre and music and restaurant “scene” for those who are “cool” and a crime report or two, celebrity skin-pix and advertisements.

We do use the free papers they dump on our porch to keep down the weeds in the garden though—spread them out in thick layers, cover with bark mulch and it keeps out the weeds for a while, at least. Garbage keeping out weeds—who’d a thunk it?


3 posted on 07/17/2007 6:23:52 AM PDT by Dionysiusdecordealcis
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Never a jumpin Dem, but they can ALWAYS find a jumpin Republican!

They're not even real Republicans.

4 posted on 07/17/2007 6:28:21 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Wow, thousands to Democrats, and pennies to the GOP.

One of whom was Specter, who hardly counts as a republican.

5 posted on 07/17/2007 6:31:27 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Mobile Vulgus

“Never a jumpin Dem, but they can ALWAYS find a jumpin Republican!”

That’s because liberalism is a mental disorder for which there is no cure. Sad, but true.

Bush could save a hundred babies from a burning orphanage with his bare hands and this is the line we’d hear from Pelosi, Reid, et al:

“It’s a little irresponsible for our President to be running into a burning building. It’s this type of cavalier attitude that he had when he sent us headlong into Iraq without any thought of the consequences!”

“President Bush may have saved these 100 babies, but what about the 700,000 Iraqis that have died because of his recklessness? He has more blood on his hands than can ever be washed off by a single act of STAGED heroism.”

“That orphanage was set ablaze using gasoline - a petroleum product that is produced by George Bush’s big oil buddies.”

“These orphans were living in a firey death trap thanks to George Bush’s unwillingness to fund programs for the children. He had an obligation to run into that fire because it was his policies that caused the fire!”

“What was the carbon footprint of that fire? I didn’t see George Bush doing anything to reduce the carbon footprint caused by the burning of this orphanage. Instead, he put a personal show of bravery ahead of the best interest of Mother Earth. At least when I set orphanages on fire, I buy offsets for the emissions that the fire creates.”

Etc, etc.


6 posted on 07/17/2007 6:35:57 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Another cotton candy story. Spun out of hot air, with an empty paper cone in the center. Why would this even be considered news, when the “facts” in the story show the lawyer to be a “staunch” Dem supporter.


7 posted on 07/17/2007 6:38:37 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Nothing more than one of the “but” litanies for rat liars -

I’m a Republican. but...

I voted for Bush, but.....

I’m a conservative, but......

I’m a gun owner, but....


8 posted on 07/17/2007 6:42:58 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The media is pathetic. What do they teach these people in school? It’s like they don’t do basic research and fact checking.


9 posted on 07/17/2007 6:43:59 AM PDT by enough_idiocy (Just like against terrorism, in politics you can't be on the defensive all the time!!!!)
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To: Dionysiusdecordealcis

The Sun-Times was forced in 2004 to restate its circulation and, lo, the numbers were down a whopping 23%. Most recently, in June 2007 the paper gave data on its circulation for the six months ending September 2005 and daily circulation was down 8.6%, and Sunday was off by 15%. It is likely that daily circulation is now near the 300,000 mark — a miserable performance and one that reflects most circulation figures for newspapers who write Left-handed.


10 posted on 07/17/2007 6:44:27 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Jim Ronca, a trial lawyer from Pennsylvania.

That the only thing I needed to read to know this guy is a RINO and this story is full of crap!
11 posted on 07/17/2007 6:54:14 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (San Antonio Spurs - 2007 NBA Champions!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Jim Ronca, a trial lawyer from Pennsylvania.

That's the only thing I needed to read to know this guy is a RINO and this story is full of crap!
12 posted on 07/17/2007 6:54:38 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (San Antonio Spurs - 2007 NBA Champions!)
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To: Melchior
Never fear. The Sun-Times just announced that it was going to repackage itself to appeal to working-class liberals. That should solve their circulation problems.
13 posted on 07/17/2007 7:03:32 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Here's Click some more info about the Sun Times. Apparently, they recently announced they were going to be a liberal newspaper. Then they said "never mind"
Interestingly, the reporter who wrote the story- Jennifer Hunter- is also the wife of the Sun Times publisher-John Cruickshank Here's her email: jhunter@suntimes.com
14 posted on 07/17/2007 7:03:44 AM PDT by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

The Sun-Times needs to print a retraction. I’m not holding my breath.


15 posted on 07/17/2007 7:07:10 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What do you expect, the guy’s an attorney (pro liar).


16 posted on 07/17/2007 7:10:48 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Dionysiusdecordealcis

Those “free, hip” papers asare the only ones in this country with any kind of growth, so all sorts of publications are jumpong in to race to the bottom.


17 posted on 07/17/2007 7:12:56 AM PDT by jack_napier
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To: Dionysiusdecordealcis

Dio...

I’m with you as a former subscriber to the Trib. The Colonel (McCormick) must be spinning in his grave.


18 posted on 07/17/2007 7:17:25 AM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremist targets)
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To: TexanByBirth

this guy is a liberal democrat. no one who supports allyson schwartz can call themselves anything remotely close to a republican.


19 posted on 07/17/2007 7:27:46 AM PDT by philsfan24
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I wouldn’t read Mrs. Cruickshank’s newspaper if it was delivered to my hotel room for free.

I think the staff should prepare to change their professional location, and perhaps their geographical location as well.

The Tribune is also a front for the Democratic party, and folks with a brain are getting tired of the liberal fishwraps.

I pity Mr. Cruickshank. He gets to read her stuff every day, and pretend to be the publisher.

Double yikes...


20 posted on 07/17/2007 7:37:01 AM PDT by detch
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Busting newsbusters
One of the candidates he donated to I could not quickly identify the party affiliation. If anyone knows what party Bruce Bradley was in I'd appreciate the info.
Uh, did he try Googling "Bill Bradley"?

from Wikipedia:

William Warren "Bill" Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former U.S. Senator from New Jersey and presidential candidate, who challenged Vice President Al Gore for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2000 election.

Newsbusters does great work but that was a simple fact that would have made the score RATs 9, RINOs 1, and republicans 0.

21 posted on 07/17/2007 8:24:20 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Another article by Jennifer Hunter:

Chicago Sun-Times Touts ‘Republicans’ for Obama

Posted by Michael M. Bates on June 19, 2007 - 18:44.

In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, columnist Jennifer Hunter writes of:

“an interesting phenomenon that has arisen over the last few months: a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives supporting a candidate who wants to tax the wealthy and embrace the conventions in the Kyoto Accord, but there is something in Obama’s message about ridding politics of partisanship that is appealing to these Republicans.”

In the first sentence, moderate Republicans are backing Obama. By the next, they’ve become conservatives. You’d think Ms Hunter, who is married to the newspaper’s publisher, would know - as most people do - that moderate Republican isn’t synonymous with conservative.

Miss Hunter identifies three supposed Republicans now backing Barack Obama. The operative word here is supposed. One of the three voted for John Kerry in the last presidential election. Yet another says she didn’t vote for President Bush in 2004. There’s no indication as to how the other “Republican” voted in 2004.

Yes, it’s apparent those conservative Republicans are eagerly jumping on the Obama bandwagon. Just ask the mainstream media. They’re really on top of those interesting phenomena.

22 posted on 07/17/2007 8:51:20 AM PDT by lowbridge (If YouÂ’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

I find it hard to believe (except for a few examples like Mr. Ronca; that are really liberals and not republicans/conservatives anyway), that most disaffected republicans suddenly embrace socialism and radical social engineering and the Democratic party, most dissafeected Repubs usually either ‘drop’ out, go farther right ‘join the LP or CP’ or become and ‘Independent’; they know its far better to do this than abandon all the principles they have believed their whole life (and joined the socialist-marxist Democrats.)


23 posted on 07/17/2007 8:53:46 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: JSDude1

I mean than join the Marxist-Lennist Democracts!


24 posted on 07/17/2007 8:54:58 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Republicans if the don't beware ARE the new WHIGS! (all empty hairpieces..) :).)
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To: NonValueAdded

I’m sorry, WHY again would someone imagine that a BRUCE Bradley is really a Bill or Warren???????

I doubt you are right that BRUCE was really BILL.Every politically aware person knows who Bill Bradley is.


25 posted on 07/17/2007 5:21:44 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: lowbridge
Miss Hunter identifies three supposed Republicans now backing Barack Obama. The operative word here is supposed. One of the three voted for John Kerry in the last presidential election. Yet another says she didn’t vote for President Bush in 2004.

ha ha ha ha... BUSTED!

26 posted on 07/17/2007 7:02:12 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Republicans flip out over lawyer flap (SUN-TIMES NEWS-SKANK NAILED BY "RIGHT-WING WEB SITES")
27 posted on 07/19/2007 4:13:22 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

What a whiner. I see she rally didn’t answer to her failure to investigate her story. She just whine that “well that’s what they TOLD me!”


28 posted on 07/19/2007 6:06:04 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Well we’ll have plenty of D’s and I’s voting for Ron Paul, a real republican.

These people like this lawyer were what I call ‘Republicans of convenience’...they never were real — perhaps RINOs.


29 posted on 07/26/2007 6:19:50 AM PDT by NHGOPer (Ron Paul, GOP, NH, 3rd place in fundraising all over, first in straw poll in NH)
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