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'R' is for Everything Republican at Richland Repast (Dinner)

Congressional candidate Keith Rothfus, Rep. Mike Turzai and Allegheny County Republican Chairman Jim Roddey speak at GOP dinner.

Congressional candidate Keith Rothfus made things easy to remember at Thursday night's Republican Committee of Richland Township meet-and-greet dinner.

He emphasized the letter "R".

"Romney, Ryan, Rothfus," he said to start his speech at the dinner in the Richland Community Park Barn in reference to presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Rothus joined House Majority Leader Mike Turzai and Allegheny County Republicans Chairman Jim Roddey to speak before the group.

By the time he finished, his "R" list had expanded to Romney, Ryan, Rothfus, Republicans, Roddey and Richland.

He also called for the repeal of "Obamacare" and the reform of the tax code and spending policies.

Rothfus is running against Democrat Mark Critz to represent the 12th District in the U.S. House.

Jim Roddey

For years, political pundits and politicians have said, "This is the most important election of our lifetime," Roddey quipped.

"It's finally come true," he said.

Roddey emphasized the importance of getting to the polls.

"We have got to get our vote out," Roddey said. "We've all got to get everyone we can to go to the polls."

"Barack Obama has to win Pennsylvania to win the presidency," Roddey said. He predicted western Pennsylania will be the battleground that decides who wins the state.

Rep. Mike Turzai

Turzai, whose 28th House District includes Richland Township, received applause when he noted the Legislature did not raise taxes.

He ticked off a list of Republican accomplishments in Harrisburg and noted the top two priorities are fiscal responsibility and private sector jobs.

We've not only talked the talk; we've walked the walk," Turzai said.

He spoke about his support for vouchers as an alternative for low-performing schools and said he is not "anti-public schools."

"When you are leading, you will get criticism," Turzai said. "Voter ID has been controversial."

He pointed out, as he has in the past, that a photo ID is need to check into a gym and to get certain medicines at a drug store.

"The integrity of (a) vote matters," Turzai said. "I'm not saying (fraud) it's rampant."

The crowd applauded when he said he wanted a level playing field in voting.

The House also has passed legislation to reduce the size of the Legislature from 203 to 153 members in the House and from 50 to 38 members in the Senate, he said.

Turzai said the bill is in the Senate now.

"This is an all-American community with the best America has to offer," Turzai told the Richland audience. "And I'm proud to be here tonight."

Ralph Meyer August 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Well, let's see. Turzai is the one who lauded the unneeded and expensive republican backed and pushed 'Voter ID" law whose purpose is the corrupt denial of the vote to all citizens as it should be, in order to keep those who most likely would vote Democratic from voting. That makes him a Super Schlock. Romney won't release his tax returns because he probably paid half the percentage the un-filthy rich have to pay. They are all members of the party whose giveaways to the obscenely rich, and war in Iraq based on lies put the U.S. in the deficit it faces (while, of course, they claim the real reason is the so-called 'entitlements' we, the un-rich have been paying for our whole working lives. They thus have been trying to do us out of those things like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc. in hopes of giving their rich owners even greater 'tax breaks.' Fooey on them all. Kick 'em out. Vote Democratic!
Mary Ann August 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Why are liberals so angry? Probably because their way is so wrong. On January 20th, when Mr. Romney assumes the presidency, they will be introduced to a concept they have not seen in the past four years..... JOBS (not a 3 letter word).
Bob Howard August 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Maybe Mr. Meyer can explain what he has against jobs and the poor. Taxing the rich is an indirect tax on the poor. It removes investment money from the economy and turns it over to the political class to allocate it not based upon sound business plans that create jobs and more wealth for all but rather to the people who got them elected. Do I need to explain further how this hurts the poor the most?
Ralph Meyer August 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Taxing the rich is an indirect tax on the poor? Wow!! Where did you get that reasoning from? Out of the republican fool the fool's playbook? Harry Truman called the republican approach of giving the rich all they want the 'trickle down theory of economics' and the facts bear that out: Give the rich what they want and maybe a little will trickle down to those who need it. Yeah. Right! The other parts of this republican propaganda is of course to claim the hard-working poor are lazy, and that the rich deserve all they get. I'll buy Warren Buffet's comment that there's something wrong with a system in which he pays half the percentage of tax on his income that his secretary does. And incidentally, 'Liberal' is not a dirty word, despite the mewlings of such as Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly, et al. Humanity is far better off in the main under a liberal regime than it ever has been under a conservative one. Read your history.
Bob Howard August 27, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Let me repeat my request to Mr. Meyer one more time. Perhaps instead of name calling and reacting like a "fifth grade bully on the play ground" he can explain to us what he has against jobs and the poor. Taxing the rich is an indirect tax on the poor. It removes investment money from the economy and turns it over to the political class to allocate it not based upon sound business plans that create jobs and more wealth for all but rather to the people who got them elected. This hurts the poor the most.

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