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  • Kanjorski: 'We deserved to lose'

    01/10/2011 3:49:09 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 13 replies
    Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 1/9/2011 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    NANTICOKE - In his first and only major post-election interview, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski contended his tenure was better than one of the region's legendary congressmen, partially credited himself with two decades of improvement in the local economy, defended his role in his nephews' failed technology company and said he "deserved to lose." "The fact of the matter is, I probably did more public works in this congressional district than any other member of Congress," Kanjorski said while seated in the living room of his home during an almost two-hour interview just before his 13th and final term officially...
  • Defeat looming, Paul Kanjorski lies low

    11/01/2010 6:00:17 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | 10/30/2010 | DAN HIRSCHHORN
    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — These could be the final days of Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski’s political career. But the longtime Pennsylvania incumbent is hardly running toward the finish line with a blitz of retail campaigning. Facing Republican Lou Barletta for the third time in eight years, Kanjorski has in many ways run the classic incumbent-style campaign: Hype your accomplishments with franked mail, blanket the airwaves with TV ads, bring federal dollars home to the district and avoid unscripted situations. It's also the type of campaign that's proved difficult to pull off this year, one laced with populist unrest and anti-incumbent rage....
  • Clinton 'crazy about Paul Kanjorski'

    10/27/2010 9:45:22 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies
    Citizens Voice ^ | 10/27/2010 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    NANTICOKE - Former President Bill Clinton argued for re-electing U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski on Tuesday, contending the congressman helped reverse a Republican tide of red ink when he was president and delivered a flood control project that avoided major damage in the Wyoming Valley. "I'm crazy about Paul Kanjorski," Clinton told more than 600 people gathered in the gymnasium at Greater Nanticoke Area High School in the congressman's hometown. In a 38-minute speech, Clinton said Democrats have the nation on the path to recovery, but need more than 21 months to fix an economy that eight years of Republican...
  • Kanjorski ponders 'nuts,' bolts from blue (Obama "terrible wielder of power")

    10/24/2010 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 10/23/2010 | Roderick Random
    U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski sometimes talks now as if he's free to say anything. The Nanticoke Democrat has finally achieved a certain stature as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee's capital markets subcommittee, having written key parts of the Wall Street reform bill. He apparently chats fairly regularly with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden or their staffs. He's good friends with former President Bill Clinton, who will campaign locally for him again Tuesday. Mr. Kanjorski is either confident or comfortable - confident voters will understand the power of his seniority or what he really means...
  • Howard Frank: Paul Kanjorski's disappearing act

    10/01/2010 8:54:11 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10/1/2010 | Howard Frank
    Dear Congressman Kanjorski: I am so disappointed with you. The country is beset by record unemployment and a deep economic downturn. People — your people — are truly suffering. Pocono voters will choose their leaders in November. Your constituents. In your 11th Congressional District. Yet you refuse to appear before them. You've scheduled only one debate with your opponent, Hazelton Mayor Lou Barletta, to take place less than a week before Election Day. And that's it. The Pocono Record asked you to meet with its editorial board. To sit across the table from your challenger, to stake your positions on...
  • Kanjorski gets NRA endorsement, Barletta gets NRA's highest rating

    09/29/2010 7:10:33 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 19 replies
    The Scranton Examiner ^ | 9/29/2010 | Steve Urbanski
    In dueling press releases from the Barletta and Kanjorski campaigns, each tout their support and endorsements from Second Amendment groups. Each of their press releases are posted below in their entirety and without comment in the order received by the Examiner. Lou Barletta receives highest rating from NRA, endorsements by Gun Owners of America, Firearms Owners Against Crime Congressional candidate Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta received the highest rating possible from the National Rifle Association and the endorsements of two other leading national pro-Second Amendment groups. Firearms Owners Against Crime and Gun Owners of America both strongly endorsed Mayor Barletta in...
  • Poll indicates Barletta leading Kanjorski

    09/26/2010 6:30:38 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 9/26/2010 | Bill O'Boyle
    Poll results that show Lou Barletta with a decisive lead in the 11th Congressional District race did not come as a surprise to one local political analyst. The second Times Leader 2010 Election poll, conducted by Critical Insights of Portland, Maine, shows that 43 percent of the 221 people polled favor Barletta, the Republican mayor of Hazleton, compared to 32 percent for 13-term Democratic incumbent Paul Kanjorski and 25 percent undecided. At the 95 percent confidence level, the margin of error for the 11th District was plus/minus 6.58 percent. Jeff Brauer, 39, political science associate professor at Keystone College in...
  • Kanjorski Finally Set for a Fall?

    09/19/2010 7:17:10 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/17/10 | Jeff Cox
    The third time may well be the proverbial charm for Lou Barletta and his quixotic bid to unseat veteran Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski. Kanjorski, the influential senior Financial Services Committee member and frequent “Squawk Box” guest on CNBC, is fighting nothing less than a legacy-challenging battle to keep his seat. Kanjorski was instrumental in putting together this year’s financial reform legislation, particularly the areas that addressed the too-big-to-fail institutions that triggered the credit crisis. So his seat is a biggie in terms of the Washington governmental structure. As a 13-term incumbent representing northeastern Pennsylvania, Kanjorski had been breezing through election...
  • Kanjorski alters campaign strategy (no more "blame Bush")

    09/02/2010 5:11:40 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 9/2/2010 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    As he sought re-election two years ago, Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski acted as if he had two opponents. One was the Republican on the ballot, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta. The other was President George W. Bush, who had turned as unpopular among voters as any president ever. Many television commercials aired by the Nanticoke Democrat and a national Democratic committee strapped Barletta to Bush. "They're like two peas in a pod, Lou Barletta and George Bush," speakers in a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attack commercial said. This year, the unpopular leader of the free world is President Barack...
  • ‘Politicizing football’ has 11th foes on attack (Kanjorski's snub of JoePa)

    08/11/2010 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes Barre, PA) ^ | 8/11/2010 | Bill O'Boyle
    HAZLETON – Responding to criticism from his political opponent, U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski on Tuesday said his focus is on jobs and the economy, not “politicizing football.” Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, responded to Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta’s criticism for not supporting Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest national award that can be given to a civilian. Paterno, 83, was nominated by 5th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Republican who represents Centre County including State College, and 17 other members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation. The nomination letter was sent to...
  • Barletta: Kanjo should return Rangel cash

    07/27/2010 1:10:21 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 7/27/10 | Bill O'Boyle
    Lou Barletta has called on U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski to return campaign donations from embattled U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. Barletta, the Republican mayor of Hazleton, is challenging the 13-term Democrat in the race for the 11th Congressional District seat. Rangel, 80, a 40-year House veteran and dean of the New York congressional delegation, may face serious charges from a House ethics panel. The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that Rangel broke unspecified congressional rules. The Associated Press reported that the secretive ethics panel did not disclose the specific violations Rangel may have committed. The AP report said...
  • Barletta to attend fundraiser for Ariz. law (Mayor Lou, Jan Brewer, Sheriff Joe...)

    07/11/2010 4:02:18 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies
    Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta is among a group of national dignitaries who will attend a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Wednesday supporting Arizona's illegal immigration law. The Big Talker 1210 AM radio will run a live remote broadcast of the fundraiser at Geno's Steaks from 6 to 10 p.m. Barletta; Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Arizona state Sen. Russel Pearce, who authored the state's controversial immigration bill; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who supports a similar law for Pennsylvania, are scheduled to participate. Barletta, who's running against Paul Kanjorski for the 11th Congressional District seat, has...
  • Kanjo, Barletta spar over ‘nuts’ (nuts-Kanjorski is talking about us)

    07/04/2010 6:05:46 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 7/2/2010 | Bill O'Boyle
    U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski is being criticized again for comments he made, this time on a local radio show, but his campaign fired back on Thursday. Last week the 13-term Democrat from Nanticoke was criticized and attacked for his statements about minorities and “defective” people. On Thursday, while appearing as a guest on WILK Radio’s “Webster and Nancy Show,” Kanjorski was asked if he was going to hold any public town hall meetings with his constituents. “We will do everything we can to meet with people, but I’m not going to set myself up for, you know, nuts to hit...
  • Kanjorski comments cause election-year stir (Hispanics to refrain from voting?)

    06/27/2010 8:14:06 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 6/26/10q | David Pierce
    U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski's signature legislative accomplishment — financial regulatory reform — has been overshadowed by his controversial comments Wednesday about "defective" people. His 11th District Republican opponent, Hazleton Mayor and anti-illegal-immigrant activist Lou Barletta, seized on Kanjorski's remarks as an insult to minorities and demanded an apology. Kanjorski says he merely explained how opponents of a reform provision to help unemployed people make mortgage payments falsely characterized Pennsylvanians the program helped in the past. "We're giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now, unfortunately, that because of the longevity of this recession, these...
  • Barletta claims Kanjorski afraid to meet his constituents, Kanjorski fires back

    06/20/2010 8:42:04 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies
    The Scranton Examiner ^ | 6/19/2010 | Steve Urbanski
    GOP candidate for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district Lou Barletta claims that Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski is afraid to meet with his constituents. He did so in a press release which is published in its entirety below. Kanjorski responded saying that Barletta should stick to the real issues of the campaign, such as job creation. Barletta is seeking to oust Paul Kanjorski, who is seeking election to a fourteenth term in Congress from Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional district. The 11th contains all of Carbon, Columbia, and Monroe Counties. It also encompasses parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, including the cities of Scranton,...
  • Democrat Kelly throws support behind Barletta in 11th race

    05/22/2010 8:20:25 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 323+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 5/22/2010 | Mia Light
    A candidate who on Tuesday lost a bid for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District seat says he is now supporting the Republican nominee, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta. Brian Kelly of Wilkes-Barre, who despite accepting no financial contributions to his low-key campaign garnered 17 percent of the Democratic vote in Tuesday's primary election, announced his endorsement of Barletta on Friday. Kelly urged his supporters to follow suit. "A Barletta victory in November is as close to a Kelly victory as we can get," Kelly said. He said he would lend his support to the Republican because, "My father...
  • Email: Kanjorski staffer forwarded intern list to campaign

    05/17/2010 2:14:35 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 346+ views
    The Politico ^ | 5/17/2010 | Glenn Thrush
    Staffers for Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Penn.) tapped an list of Congressional interns to recruit campaign volunteers – a possible violation of House ethics rules barring the use of official files for electioneering. In August 2008, Kanjorski Legislative Director Kate McMahon used her official house email account to send a campaign staffer a Word document containing a list of interns who had worked for the congressman’s office. The list came with the message “volunteer potential,” according to a copy of the email obtained by POLITICO. The missive, which a Democratic source obtained legally as part of an e-mail chain, appears to...
  • Health ‘myths’ irk Kanjo (angry old Congressman)

    04/01/2010 3:28:13 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 554+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 4/1/10 | Bill O'Boyle
    BUTLER TWP. – Saying he “has had it” with defending the recently passed health care reform bill against false allegations, U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski Wednesday told the Hazleton Chamber of Commerce that he is determined to “debunk the myths” and “refute the criticisms” of the legislation. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, who will turn 73 on Friday, said the health care reform law that was enacted last week will not slash Medicare as many critics have claimed and it will help small businesses afford health coverage for all of their employees. Kanjorski spoke at a breakfast hosted by the Keystone Job Corps Center....
  • Carney 'livid' with Kanjorski after missing powerful seat in Washington

    03/31/2010 11:51:39 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 545+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 3/31/10 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    They will not say so publicly, but U.S. Reps. Chris Carney and Paul E. Kanjorski are not on speaking terms. Carney, D-Dimock Township, wanted to be the next Pennsylvania member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that controls federal spending. As senior member of the state's Democratic congressional delegation, Kanjorski could have helped him get that appointment to a vacant committee seat. Instead, the delegation last week voted to recommend a suburban Philadelphia congressman to congressional leaders who will fill the vacancy. The two congressmen refuse to say much about their spat, but their silence and veiled swipes at each...
  • Barletta criticizes health-care legislation

    03/26/2010 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 348+ views
    Event held at GOP office in Wilkes-Barre. Kanjorski spokesman issues response. WILKES-BARRE – The Republican Party rolled out a college student, a small business man, a physician and its candidate for Congress Thursday to blast Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski for voting for the national health care bill. Barletta, 54, is unopposed in the May 18 Republican primary. Kanjorski, 72, is serving his 13th term in Congress. He is opposed in May by Democratic Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien. Barletta spoke next to a stack of papers – the 2,308-page health care bill in the local GOP headquarters. “We already...
  • With health care votes, U.S. Reps Carney, Kanjorski risk political future

    03/23/2010 5:35:00 AM PDT · by Cricket24 · 13 replies · 487+ views
    The Daily Review ^ | March 23, 2010 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    By voting for health care reform Sunday, U.S. Reps. Chris Carney and Paul E. Kanjorski gambled that voters will understand the benefits in time to re-elect them later this year. Kanjorski, D-11, Nanticoke, a congressman since 1985, admitted he risked his political future and called it one of his most difficult votes ever. Carney, D-10, Dimock Township, in office since 2007, did not see his vote as politically risky and said voting yes was not difficult. Their opponents Monday predicted an end to their days in Congress. "People are livid," said David Madeira, one of three vying for the Republican...
  • UPDATE: Kanjorski announces support of health bill; Carney announced support on Saturday

    03/21/2010 4:38:36 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 410+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 3/21/2010 | Times Leader Staff
    Lawmakers in our area have issued statements on how they will vote today on President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal. U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, said in a press release issued just before 6 p.m. today that he intends to vote for the legislation, which he said will be voted on later this evening. "Today, I will vote for legislation designed to improve the affordability and accessibility of health care. Americans already spend more on health care than the people of any other nation. If we take no action, health care costs are expected to double over the next...
  • Kanjo not to Tea Party’s taste

    03/10/2010 3:59:28 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 286+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 3/10/10 | Sherry Long
    WILKES-BARRE – Northeastern Pennsylvania Tea Party members hoped that by protesting outside U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski’s Wilkes-Barre office they would convince him to vote against the proposed health care bill now in Congress. Glen Senese of Pittston joined about 20 other team members for the 90-minute protest as they walked up and down the sidewalk directly in front of the Stegmaier Building on Tuesday. Senese, 49, said politicians such as Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, are ramming the health care bill down people’s throats, even though he said most Americans do not want health care reform. “This is the first time I can...
  • Now delegation's dean, Kanjorski cites power

    02/20/2010 8:21:57 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 14 replies · 380+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 2/20/2010 | RODERICK RANDOM
    He had a tough race in 2008 against Republican Lou Barletta in a political climate that favored Democrats. This year, U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski is seeking a 14th term in what's shaping up as a Republican year. Mr. Kanjorski faces a significant Democratic primary challenger in Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O'Brien. If he wins, a third challenge by Mr. Barletta again or a first by hedge fund manager Chris Paige looms in the fall. "I'd be cocky beyond imagination (to predict victory) ... but I don't know if I'm going to survive," Mr. Kanjorski said during an editorial board...
  • Dem: 'Zero' chance Kanjorski will win

    02/03/2010 5:39:25 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 612+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/3/10 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Corey O’Brien, the Democratic primary challenger to Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.), said the 13-term congressman’s approval ratings are so low that there’s no way he can win re-election this year. O’Brien, a Lackawanna County Commissioner, told POLITICO that voters are disenchanted with the congressman due to the region’s struggling economy, Kanjorski’s support for bank bailouts and the ethical cloud still hanging over his earmarks. Kanjorski won reelection in 2008 with just 52 percent of the vote, racking up 18,000 fewer votes in his district than President Barack Obama. His 2008 opponent, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, is running again this cycle....
  • Kanjorski among top candidate spenders ( 33rd in House members’ ’08 races)

    01/04/2010 5:33:55 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 1/4/10 | Andrew Seder
    Overall spending by House and Senate candidates in 2008 declined nearly 3 percent compared with 2006, and the money candidates took in also dropped, though not as steeply. The data are contained in a recent report released by the Federal Election Commission. The data also provide top 50 lists for various categories including the top spenders, the highest debts owed and the incumbents that entered the 2009-10 election cycle with the most cash-on-hand. Several local candidates made the lists. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, ranked 33rd nationally in terms of money spent by incumbent House members. He was 42nd in...
  • Barletta's Republican opponent was a Democrat until recently (Mayor Lou)

    01/03/2010 1:14:30 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 19 replies · 803+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 1/2/10 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    The Republican aiming to derail Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta's latest run for Congress is a recently converted Democrat who contributed to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year. Christopher Paige registered in Monroe County as a Democrat in September 2006 and did not switch to the Republican Party until March 30, 2009, according to county records. All told, he contributed almost $5,000 to state and federal Democratic candidates since 2004, according to a review of records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics and the Pennsylvania Department of State. Mr. Paige contributed $2,300 to Mrs. Clinton's campaign last year; $250 to...
  • Hedge Fund Lawyer Takes Aim At Congress (Dem-turned-Republican after Kanjorski seat)

    11/27/2009 12:19:08 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 601+ views
    A former New York hedge fund executive is running for Congress against banking bête noir Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.). As a Republican. From Kanjorski’s left. Christopher Paige said his opposition to the massive bank bailouts motivated his decision to run in the northeastern Pennsylvania district. But when talking about the bailout, Paige sounds more like the lifelong Democrat that he was rather than the newly-registered Republican he became to run for the seat, which Kanjorski has held for 13 terms. “‘Too big to fail’ should be ‘too big to exist,’” Paige told Reuters. He said he wants to strengthen anti-trust...