State Representative and PA-8 Congressional candidate Steve Santarsiero won the backing of PA’s firefighters.
The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association (PPFFA) announced yesterday that they are formally endorsing Santarsiero.
“In the State House, Steve has been a champion for public safety workers and a devoted voice for active and retired fire fighters across Pennsylvania and that’s exactly the type of leadership we need in Congress,” said PPFFA President Art Martynuska. “Steve understands the sacrifice our first responders make everyday, he’s had our backs and we are proud to endorse his run for Congress.”
“I’m proud to have the support of the brave first responders that risk their lives to keep our communities safe day in and day out,” Santarsiero responded. “In Congress, I’ll fight to make sure they have the support and resources to keep us safe and retire with the dignity and security they clearly deserve.”
Santarsiero is running against 2014 candidate Shaughnessy Naughton in the Democratic primary.
The 8th Congressional District consists of all of Bucks County as well as part of upper Montgomery County.
Steve’s ad with footage of 9/11 is disgusting and he needs to take it down immediately along with apologizing to victims families, first responders and veterans. He should not be callously using these images to further his career as a politician.
Bill, if, as you say, Shaughnessy’s campaign spends all its time online, it doesn’t show in their email solicitations. I didn’t know it was possible to be offended by an email come-on until Naughton’s begs became pushy and alarming. Whoever they’ve got in charge of that part of their fundraising needs to go to charm school.
Love how some cannot stand the fact that Santarsiero has serious momentum in the 8th. Maybe Shaughnessy could get traction if her people stopped spending all of their time online and actually tried to talk to people in the district she’s trying to win.
There are firefighters and first responders who lost their lives bravely helping others on 9/11. Are they not outraged Santarsiero used footage of that day not to honor those who served our country so heroically and selflessly, but rather for his own political gain and pandering?
FOR SHAME on Santarsiero for exploiting 9/11 and it’s victims in this way!
How can they support someone who used footage of the one of the most horrific tragedies our nation has faced to advance his own political career? Images of 9/11 should only be used to honor the victims, first responders and military who served not for some politician who had nothing to do with it.
PA-08: State Rep. Steve Santarsiero’s first ad of the Democratic primary for this open swing seat is, in a word, startling—and not in a good way. Out of absolutely nowhere, Santarsiero, who narrates the spot, starts his story on Sept, 11, 2001, saying, “I woke up that day and the world changed. I saw them fall from my office window”—”them” being the twin towers of the World Trade Center, shown damaged then collapsed in a pair of still photos that are simply shocking to see.
So what is Santarsiero’s connection to 9/11? Did he lose friends or loved ones? Does he have a statement to make about terrorism or national security? Nothing of the sort. He simply says that he was motivated to quit the practice of law and return home to teach children; from there he segues into a description of his priorities as a state legislator. As profoundly affecting as the attacks were, using them as a hook to tell your otherwise unrelated life story seems extremely gratuitous. Fifteen years on, it bears repeating that photos of the destroyed towers depict the scene of a mass murder. It just doesn’t feel right to use them in a campaign ad this way.