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HD-36: Readshaw’s Ad Accused of Misleading Viewers

readshaw-ad-300x228State Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) is an incumbent who is touting that he voted against increasing taxes to expand Philadelphia mass transit. The thing is, that same bill will benefit Pittsburgh as well.

“Readshaw fought Governor Corbett’s massive gas tax that funds Philadelphia’s mass transit,” the incumbent’s most recent ad proclaims.

Some have accused Readshaw of “distorting the transit law” for his political advantage. As quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chris Borick, a professor of political science and director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion in Allentown, said: “While [the ad is] factually correct, it lacks any meaningful context.”

The context that Borick is alluding to is not just that the bill is primed to benefit transit in parts of his own district, but it also leaves out the mass bipartisan support that the bill garnered and its benefits to other parts of the state.

Former Governor Ed Rendell was a strong backer of the bill and so was Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Another strong backer of the bill was fellow state Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Allegheny), who is running against Readshaw in HD-36.

Molchany is a first-term representative who lost her current district, HD-22, due to recent redistricting and bumped her into the seat that Readshaw has held since 1994. But that hasn’t slowed her determination to beat out long time incumbent Readshaw; she recently released a charming ad that features her father.

Her campaign declined to comment on Readshaw’s ad.

But Molchany does have a tough battle ahead of her. Readshaw has been a state Rep. since 1995 and the redistricting heavily favors the former boundaries of his district — with 72% of his voting base remaining in HD-36. Molchany will carry over 21% of the voters of her old district, leaving the rest of the area new territory for both candidates.

This latest ad may have Readshaw in hot water going forward, however. He states that his opposition to the transportation bill was due to the tax increases that the bill proposed, which falls directly in line with the conservative sentiment of the Republican House.

“What we did was place the entire burden [of the bill’s revenue source] on the citizens of the commonwealth,” Readshaw said. “We cannot just tax, tax, tax.”

2 Responses

  1. The problem no one is addressing is who is going to pay for all of the increases?

    Be sure that the COST of transportation for school buses, firetrucks, police cars, municipal cars, farm equipment, shipping costs, and all other forms of transportation that require fuel are going to SKY ROCKET! The emergency vehicles fuel costs will be well over 2 million in Pittsburgh alone. Then, let us add the cost of municipal vehicles, snow plows, etc.

    In essence, the PA residents will be paying in the form of taxes. Municipalities will need to pay for fueling emergency and municipal vehicles. Increased farm costs will lead to higher food costs. There will be a higher cost for filling personal tanks to travel to work or vacations. Not to mention the higher registrations, etc. etc.

    This is a horrible thing to do to the PA residents . It is clear that those who voted yes thought didn’t consider those people on fixed incomes, budgets, and those trying to pay for everyday life and those who don’t get a travel allowance.

    Some people are very lost when it comes to truly caring about the residents. They are committed on voting for and supporting what they feel can get them ahead. They carry no true sense of identity as they tend to support others who feel the need to demonstrate power and control over others.

    Questionable motives should be considered to any western PA official that supports the transportation tax knowing the harsh reality that ALL PA residents will be paying big bucks to take care of Phili’s transit.

  2. Harry Readshaw has proven, year in and year out, to properly execute his role as a REPRESENTATIVE of his constituents. This article says that his views on the Transportation Bill are “factually correct”. Nuff said. Molchany is a relative newcomer, doesn’t even know where all the bathrooms are, is inept and uninformed on issues. She’s in office solely on the strength of defeating a genuine knucklehead who got caught with his fingers in a 50 thousand dollar cookie jar. He escaped jail time due to political wrangling by his mother. So, its your choice. Molchany–who must be spoon fed every bit of information, or Readshaw, who knows how to get things done in Harrisburg.

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