After watching state Rep. Harry Readshaw’s recent campaign advertisement on television, I was shocked by his claim that he fights the “old guard” of politicians in Harrisburg. Mr. Readshaw has been involved in politics for well over 20 years and hearing that he’s fighting the “old guard” when he’s been the “old guard” for quite some time just doesn’t add up to me.
As a lifelong resident of Carrick, Rep. Readshaw’s home neighborhood, I, along with my neighbors, have seen a steady decline of our neighborhood and streets under “his (unopposed) guard.” At a recent debate, when asked about the problems that have been long in need of help, his comment was it was the local municipalities’ responsibility, not his, in helping to solve the ongoing rental takeovers, yet his help in Harrisburg on certain bills would surely have fixed these problems before they became the problem of today.
Let’s not forget also that he voted against the $2.3 billion transportation bill that we desperately needed here.
Instead of helping to build up our communities with development projects on corridors such as Brownsville Road in Mount Oliver, Carrick and Brentwood, Mr. Readshaw would rather work with Rep. Daryl Metcalfe on over-the-top anti-immigration legislation that discourages immigrants from living in south Pittsburgh. Does Rep. Readshaw know anything about this region’s history and how our communities were built by immigrants wanting to make a better life for themselves? Talk about not knowing the important priorities of the 36th District.
We need a leader who keeps our best interests in mind in Harrisburg. When going to the polls in May, we need a “new guard,” not a person who has friendships built up over the years that don’t help constituents.