CAP Targets Yet Another GOP Lawmaker

By Natalka Karaman, Contributing Writer

The conservative group CAP, the Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania, is setting its sights on another Republican they deem insufficiently conservative.

The group is launching television ads against Pa. Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon), blasting him for past support of green energy programs and votes in favor of appropriations during Ed Rendell’s administration.

“These are projects for the private sector to fund, but to force taxpayers to take on debt to fund them is unconscionable,” stated CAP Executive Director Leo Knepper.

Fleck won a seat to the PA House of Reps in 2007, serving the 81st district since then, which includes parts of Blair, Huntingdon, and Mifflin Counties. In 2008 and 2010 he ran unopposed.

“CAP hopes that by highlighting some of Rep. Fleck’s more egregious votes, it might motivate him to consider what the taxpayers of this state want accomplished this year. There are a number of pro-taxpayer, pro-growth measures that need to be addressed with some expediency.” said Knepper.

Update: Fleck dismissed the attacks.

“The residents of the 81st district are smart enough to recognize intimidation tactics,” he said. “If a graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, a former district executive of the Boy Scouts, an “A” rated member of the NRA is not conservative enough for some holier than thou special interest fringe group whose only intent is to bemoan special interest for their own private agenda, then so be it.  I vote my district … outside interests are of no concern to me.”

On November 14th, CAP launched an ad campaign targeting three House members: Jim Marshall, Ron Miller and Bernie O’Neill, on similar grounds.

In October, CAP targeted Pat Vance (R-Cumberland) and Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) over similar spending charges and on the issue of school choice.

Here’s the ad:

http://youtu.be/J1LI8y5O_-g

November 21st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “CAP Targets Yet Another GOP Lawmaker”

  1. R.P. Smith says:

    “Mike Fleck also voted for $238,792,000, almost a quarter of billion dollars, to the rapists, rioters and their enablers at Liberal Democratic Penn State. Of course, so did all the Republicans in order to buy the votes of Penn State students and their parents.”

    “Our present governor accepted large amount of contributions from the gas industry, and as result that industry is operating TAX FREE! If they are not properly regulated, we could have an environmental disaster similar to the remnants of the coal industry.”

    If you start with the assumption that most everyone has good intentions in their heart, as opposed to thinking that anyone who disagrees with you must have been bought, maybe you’ll begin to understand the political process some day.

    Until then, enjoy your “Gotcha!” game. It accomplishes nothing and I want no part of it.

  2. Mr. GOP says:

    Gee whiz Charles, calm down. I didn’t even make a comment pertaining to fiscal policy or state funding of infrastructure, education, etc. Bob Guzzardi was the one railing against that stuff. I agree with what you said above. Infrastructure and education being supported adequately by the state will help us cushion further blows in the weak economy. You should really think before you type as you may alienate someone who is actually in agreement (for the most part) with your position.

    As for Bob G., come on! Voting with Rendell on one agenda item doesn’t make one beholden to his entire agenda. I know your effort here is to smear this legislator. I don’t know him, but I think it’s a stretch to suggest that he’s a left wing fanatic in sheep’s clothing. People who use this site are smarter than to buy into fringe, right wing radical fantasies like the one you and CAP are both advancing!

  3. Charles A. Bierbach says:

    Both Mr. GOP and Bob Guzzardi misunderstand the role of government and the need for fiscal integrity. No one needs to spend more just to get reelected, but Pennsylvania needs governmental help to restore its economy. If we do not fund infrastructure and education, we will have a state full of prisons, and not jobs for those who do not work there. One way to make things work is to make sure we all pay taxes, and we use that money to improve our communities to create jobs. Our present governor accepted large amount of contributions from the gas industry, and as result that industry is operating TAX FREE! If they are not properly regulated, we could have an environmental disaster similar to the remnants of the coal industry. Mr. GOP and Mr. Guzzardi need to grow up and support the changes that will bring back Pennsylvania to what it once was.

  4. Bob Guzzardi, Ardmore Penna. says:

    to Mr. GOP, obviously a hack getting money from government, what is radical fringe about fiscal common sense. Pennsylvania is spent more, borrowed more and taxed more than anytime in our history.

    Pennsylvania is headed into a fiscal iceberg. We need responsible people in the wheelhouse not captains dancing in the ball room.

    The Titanic did sink.

  5. Bob Guzzardi, Ardmore Penna. says:

    Someone who cites these credentials, ” a graduate of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, a former district director of the Boy Scouts and “A” rated member of the NRA ” , and then votes with Ed Rendell is a phony. Ed Rendell advertised his fiscal recklessness; Rep. Fleck hides behind credentials.

    A graduate of Liberty University who reckless spends taxpayer money is a “snakehandler”, Elmer Gantry phony. Disgraceful that he would use religion to mask his Ed Rendell policies.

    Mike Fleck is what is wrong with Pennsylvania and with Pennsylvania’s Republican Party.

    CAP is doing an outstanding job in exposing these fiscally reckless phonies. Happily, it is well funded and growing. Primaries will be upon us and I suspect many of these phonies will have real deal conservatives challenging them.

    Mike Fleck also voted for $238,792,000, almost a quarter of billion dollars, to the rapists, rioters and their enablers at Liberal Democratic Penn State. Of course, so did all the Republicans in order to buy the votes of Penn State students and their parents.

  6. Mr. GOP says:

    These radical fringe groups are destroying the Republican Party… or what’s left of it.

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