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Foe does chicken dance for congresswoman

Re­pub­lic­an con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate Joe Rooney (right) stands out­side U.S. Rep­res­ent­at­ive Allyson Schwartz’s of­fice, in a rally ac­cus­ing her of be­ing a “chick­en” for not de­bat­ing him, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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There will be three de­bates this fall between Pres­id­ent Barack Obama and Re­pub­lic­an Mitt Rom­ney, but none between U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and GOP chal­lenger Joe Rooney.

“If Rom­ney and the pres­id­ent have time to do it, I can’t be­lieve she doesn’t have the time,” Rooney said.

The Schwartz camp has noted that the con­gress­wo­man and her op­pon­ent will be ap­pear­ing to­geth­er at sev­er­al for­ums across the dis­trict.

Frus­trated, Rooney last week held a news con­fer­ence out­side Schwartz’s dis­trict of­fice at 7219 Frank­ford Ave. Join­ing him was “Chick­en Lady.”

The can­did­ate’s daugh­ter Sunny, a sopho­more at Bish­op McDe­vitt High School, dressed in a chick­en out­fit to high­light Schwartz’s re­fus­al to de­bate.

Rooney, a re­tired Mar­ine who is now a pi­lot for Delta Air Lines, poin­ted out that Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Bucks Coun­try has agreed to three de­bates with his Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent.

“Allyson Schwartz is too chick­en to de­bate and a cow­ard when it comes to fa­cing the tax­pay­ers, fam­il­ies and seni­ors who sign her check each and every week with the fed­er­al taxes they pay,” Rooney said.

Rooney isn’t the only loc­al GOP con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate frus­trated that he can­not square off with his op­pon­ent.

John Feather­man wants a crack at U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. On Sept. 4, Feather­man re­spon­ded to a Phil­adelphia In­quirer ed­it­or­i­al board let­ter that he would meet Brady at any time and date that is good for the con­gress­man. The news­pa­per could not get Brady to agree to a sit-down.

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A Com­mon­wealth Court judge ruled that Liber­tari­an can­did­ates have the re­quired 20,601 nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions to earn spots on the statewide bal­lot for the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

Re­pub­lic­an act­iv­ists had chal­lenged the sig­na­tures.

The Liber­tari­an Party can­did­ate for pres­id­ent is Gary John­son, a former gov­ernor of New Mex­ico who served as a Re­pub­lic­an.

The Liber­tari­an U.S. Sen­ate can­did­ate is Ray­burn Douglas Smith, who shares the same sur­name as Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate Tom Smith.

Oth­er Liber­tari­an can­did­ates are Marakay J. Ro­gers (at­tor­ney gen­er­al), Betsy Sum­mers (aud­it­or gen­er­al) and Pa­tri­cia M. Fry­man (treas­urer).

“Voters in every state de­serve real choices in this elec­tion, and it is clear that the Re­pub­lic­an Party, not only in Pennsylvania, but in key states across the coun­try, will go to any lengths to keep liberty, non-in­ter­ven­tion and smal­ler gov­ern­ment off the bal­lot,” John­son said.

“The rot­ten Re­pub­lic­ans in their eight-hun­dred-dol­lar suits used every trick in their play­book to try to short-cir­cuit the demo­crat­ic pro­cess and de­feat us,” said Tom Stevens, chair­man of the Liber­tari­an Party of Pennsylvania.

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A bunch of loc­al polit­ic­al act­iv­ists turned out last week as Sam­antha Pawlucy re­turned to Charles Car­roll High School in Port Rich­mond.

The 16-year-old sopho­more stayed away from school for a few days after geo­metry teach­er Lynette Gay­mon ri­diculed the Mitt Rom­ney/Paul Ry­an T-shirt she wore on dress-down day.

Gay­mon told Sam­antha that Car­roll was a “Demo­crat­ic” school. Gay­mon, who is black, likened the stu­dent’s ward­robe choice to the teach­er wear­ing a KKK shirt.

Among those who at­ten­ded Sam­antha’s Oct. 9 re­turn were state Rep. John Taylor; City Coun­cil­man Mark Squilla; city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Al Schmidt; Dav­id Chris­ti­an, a dec­or­ated Vi­et­nam War vet­er­an and Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for U.S. Sen­ate in April; re­tired Mar­ine and edu­cat­or Richard “Doc” Jun­od, of Somer­ton; John Feather­man, Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict; Joe Rooney, Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict; Dave Kralle, Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict; May­fair’s Joe De­Fe­lice, an of­fi­cial with Rom­ney’s Pennsylvania cam­paign; Park­wood’s Steve Boc, chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­a­tion of Young Re­pub­lic­ans; and Don Adams, of the In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party.

Vet­er­ans act­iv­ist Joe East­man led the crowd in the Pledge of Al­le­gi­ance. Sam­antha car­ried a small Amer­ic­an flag and re­cited the First Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion and the Pre­amble to the U.S. De­clar­a­tion of In­de­pend­ence.

The group sang God Bless Amer­ica and The Star-Spangled Ban­ner.

Sam­antha did not com­plete the day at Car­roll and is look­ing for an­oth­er school.

The fol­low­ing night, Rom­ney tele­phoned her at home, but she was not there to take the call.

Last Thursday, the Pawlucy fam­ily traveled to the United Re­pub­lic­an Club to watch the Paul Ry­an/Joe Biden vice pres­id­en­tial de­bate. There, Sam­antha was made an hon­or­ary mem­ber of the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­a­tion of Young Re­pub­lic­ans and the GOP Riders, a mo­tor­cycle-rid­ing club.

Taylor, the state rep­res­ent­at­ive, and his of­fice staff con­tin­ue to work with the Pawlucy fam­ily to find a pos­it­ive res­ol­u­tion to the saga.

“Hope­fully, this kid finds some peace,” he said.

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The pub­lic is in­vited to a can­did­ates for­um at Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im, at 8768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m.

The host­ess will be law­yer and edu­cat­or Ruth Hor­witz.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served. ••

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