Parties in Penn Hills
Penn Hills, May 2013: Four Democrats (cross-filed on the Republican ballot) sent out a campaign advertisement headlined “Your Hometown Republican School Board Candidates,” thus giving faulty information to Republicans. Most got more votes on the Republican ballot than the two Republican candidates. That November, all four faux “Republicans” were elected.
April 2015: They deny knowing about Penn Hills School District’s financial problems any earlier. The Trib’s Kelsey Shea reports they were told about this mess in January and March. So, are they now giving faulty information to all who voted for them? Quoting Pauline Calabrese, “(W)e were given faulty information” about finances ( “Business director: Penn Hills leaders knew of financial problems” ).
April 27: Board member Pauline Calabrese said there are two sides in this financial controversy. The public “would have to decide who to believe” — the director of business affairs, Rick Liberto, or the board. She said “It’s a matter of trust.”
Her name was on that bad 2013 ad! A matter of trust! She’s not up for election, but whom should the Democrat voters trust? Candidates supported by a local committee that stretched the truth to get their folks elected?
Democrats, open your eyes! One-party rule leads to mismanagement. There’s a real Republican on the primary ballot, William Phifer. He ran in 2013, too. Write him in on the primary ballot and begin to put an end to nonfeasance on the Penn Hills School Board.
The writer is the Penn Hills Republican Committee secretary.