The 20th needs a rep who will take on issues

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I am confused and disappointed regarding the Post-Gazette’s May 7 endorsement of Adam Ravenstahl for the newly redistricted 20th Pennsylvania House seat (“Democrats Should Stick With Ravenstahl”). The editorial board’s criticism of Tom Michalow, who is competing for the Democratic nomination for the House seat, is his suggestion that he could offer a gun control measure that “would pass muster in a Legislature that long has shown fealty to the National Rifle Association.”

Is the newspaper suggesting that a candidate for office should not question “fealty” (defined as “loyalty to a lord”) by elected officials to a powerful lobby? Mr. Michalow is not afraid to question fealty to the NRA by the Legislature, and as a gun owner and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, he seems well suited to be the state representative to work with Republicans on bipartisan legislation that is supported by the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania and U.S. citizens — criminal background checks and reporting lost and stolen guns.

Second, the PG editors say Adam Ravenstahl has been a “reliable Democratic vote” and that he has “demonstrated a willingness to learn and adapt.” It baffles me as to why the PG would suggest we vote for someone who merely occupies a seat in the Legislature and votes and who needs a learning curve, rather than Tom Michalow who has demonstrated leadership in all of his public service.

I want someone in Harrisburg who is ready to take on issues.Tom Michalow gets my vote.

JAN GALBREATH
Bellevue

 


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