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House hopeful vows to fight child sex abuse

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Dave Kralle, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, is happy with Fri­day’s guilty ver­dicts in child­hood sexu­al as­sault cases that rocked Penn State and the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia.

“Jerry San­dusky and Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn are hein­ous crim­in­als, and I am pleased to see that they will do time be­hind bars,” Kralle said.

Kralle, who is chal­len­ging Demo­crat­ic Rep. Ed Neilson, star­ted his cam­paign earli­er this year by re­leas­ing a five-point plan to com­bat child sexu­al ab­use. He called last week’s ver­dicts “ral­ly­ing calls to Har­ris­burg to make easi­er the pro­sec­u­tion of these scum­bags.”

The can­did­ate’s plan calls for re­mov­ing the crim­in­al and civil stat­utes of lim­it­a­tions for sexu­al ab­use against chil­dren; al­low­ing testi­mony from ex­perts on why al­leged vic­tims did not re­port their ab­use im­me­di­ately; re­quir­ing people to re­port sus­pec­ted ab­use against chil­dren to law en­force­ment, not merely to a su­per­i­or with­in their or­gan­iz­a­tion; and provid­ing train­ing to people to identi­fy the char­ac­ter­ist­ics of an ab­user.

Kralle lost a spe­cial elec­tion to Neilson on April 24 but won a Re­pub­lic­an primary the same day. The seat be­came va­cant when Denny O’Bri­en joined City Coun­cil at the be­gin­ning of the year.

The Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion passed a plan, which needs to be ap­proved by the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court, that would move the 169th to a fast-grow­ing area of York County.

If that plan passes, the Kralle/Neilson win­ner would have to chal­lenge a fel­low in­cum­bent in 2014 to stay in of­fice. Kralle’s home would be in the 173rd dis­trict, cur­rently rep­res­en­ted by Demo­crat Mike McGee­han. Neilson’s home would be in the 174th dis­trict, now rep­res­en­ted by Demo­crat John Sabat­ina Jr.

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Mike Tom­lin­son, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 5th Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict, vows to vis­it 150 busi­nesses in a 60-day peri­od that star­ted on June 20.

Tom­lin­son, who faces Demo­crat­ic Sen. Mike Stack, got the idea when he joined U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick at a Southamp­ton product de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany owned by Pine Val­ley’s Thomas Krol.

Fitzpatrick is vis­it­ing 100 com­pan­ies in 100 days and joined Tom­lin­son in a June 10 vis­it to Krol’s IMET Cor­por­a­tion.

“We need to fully un­der­stand the crit­ic­al is­sues af­fect­ing small busi­nesses and cre­ate an en­vir­on­ment that pro­motes the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the busi­ness com­munity,” Tom­lin­son said.

In oth­er cam­paign news, Tom­lin­son re­cently held a fund-raiser at the Chick­ie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard. Among those in at­tend­ance were ward lead­ers Tom Matkowski and Matt Wolfe, Re­altor Mike Galdi and Tom Stoner, a key op­er­at­ive for U.S. Sen­ate can­did­ate Tom Smith.

Kathy Lom­bardi, Tom­lin­son’s cam­paign man­ager, sets a busy sched­ule for the can­did­ate. He has been go­ing door to door with cam­paign aide Frank Burke and meet­ing voters at su­per­mar­kets, malls, con­veni­ence stores and civic as­so­ci­ation meet­ings.

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Patrick Murphy has en­dorsed Kath­leen Kane, who de­feated him in the Demo­crat­ic primary for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

Murphy, a Park­wood nat­ive and former con­gress­man, de­scribed the primary as a “fam­ily fight.” He praised Kane for her vis­ion and called her “Pennsylvania’s best choice for at­tor­ney gen­er­al.”

Kane will face Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed, who was un­op­posed in the Re­pub­lic­an primary. The little-known Freed won party back­ing thanks to an en­dorse­ment from Gov. Tom Corbett, a former state

at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

A former Lack­awanna County as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney, Kane won 52.8 per­cent of the vote, beat­ing Murphy al­most every­where out­side south­east­ern Pennsylvania. She re­ceived a big boost when former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton en­dorsed her and made an ap­pear­ance on her be­half at Up­per Mo­re­land High School. Those clips were used for cam­paign com­mer­cials.

Clin­ton cam­paigned for Murphy in 2006, when he un­seated Fitzpatrick. Murphy would go on to en­dorse Barack Obama over Hil­lary Clin­ton for the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion two years later.

Murphy and Kane high­lighted their dif­fer­ent qual­i­fic­a­tions for the of­fice dur­ing the primary but are now team­ing up to try to make Kane the first Demo­crat­ic at­tor­ney gen­er­al since the post be­came an elec­ted of­fice in 1980.

“We agree that con­sumer pro­tec­tion must be the corner­stone of this of­fice and that we must do more to pro­tect chil­dren from sexu­al ab­use,” Murphy said. “We need an at­tor­ney gen­er­al who will pro­tect the middle class and de­fend the rights of every Pennsylvani­an, not just those with money or power. So now, we Demo­crats must come to­geth­er, beat Dav­id Freed and deny Gov. Corbett the at­tor­ney gen­er­al he hand-picked to pro­tect his rad­ic­al agenda.” ••

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