I wanted to briefly discuss my disappointment in my state representative’s response to a question posed at a debate in Brookline recently.
When asked how he has created jobs, Rep. Harry Readshaw claimed that he knows how to attract new businesses and create jobs, but he couldn’t identify one full-time, permanent job that he helped create in Carrick, excusing his dismal record by saying that it is hard to create jobs in declining neighborhoods. Rep. Readshaw is proud of helping to attract a new $120 million Procter & Gamble warehouse distribution center to Shippensburg, Pa., creating 900 new jobs.
Shippensburg is a 172-mile drive east from Pittsburgh (one way), so none of Rep. Readshaw’s constituents will be hired there. Rep. Readshaw did help Gov. Tom Corbett, who bragged that the plant was a Governor’s Action Team project funded by a Department of Economic and Community Development grant of $2 million and up to $959,000 in job creation tax credits.
Rep. Readshaw said he tried to bring these jobs to Allegheny County, but unfortunately could not due to “various reasons.” Apparently, one of those reasons is that he did not call Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto or any member of city council to ask for their help in attracting Procter & Gamble to build its plant here.
Rep. Readshaw does not represent Shippensburg. He represents the 36th District and if, after 20 years, he cannot identify one full-time, permanent job he created in the 36th District, it’s time for a change. If Rep. Readshaw feels that he deserves credit for helping Republicans and Gov. Tom Corbett in their re-election efforts, it’s time to elect a Democrat who helps other Democrats get elected.
Rep. Erin Molchany is committed to creating jobs in the 36th District. She is proud of being a Democrat and working with her fellow Democrats.
For that reason, Rep. Molchany has my vote.
BARBARA L. VALAW