More Delco Shenanigans

More Delco Shenanigans – Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
by rzklkng on October 19, 2006 – 4:59pm

So, here’s the cliff notes – allegedly, a Darby Township employee, during the workday, was observed by a campaign worker for the Casey Roncaglione campaign for state representative stealing legally placed signs from the lawns of township residents. After a police investigation, the District Attorney, Jackson M. Stewart, Jr., and a three-week period to examine the charges (which naturally would be after the election, conveniently enough). Furthermore, the police refuse to release the police report. I present to you below, the original post from Casey’s blog about the incident, an email I received from the campaign worker who observed the questioned removal of signs, the planned actions in response regarding the release of the report, and the final concession by the Casey campaign that they will not receive timely justice on this attempt at electoral malfeasance.
Casey’s Original Post:
Via I Live in Delaware County:
Stolen Campaign Lawnsigns10-11-06Upper Darby TownshipCasey R. RoncaglioneDemocratic Candidate 164th District
After a high speed chase through the streets of Upper Darby, going down one way streets and almost hitting pedestrians, a city License and Inspection official was stopped by over 10 Upper Darby Police. The Township official was attempting to avoid being caught by one of my campaign workers who spotted the official stealing my campaign lawn signs. In his trunk were found my political lawn signs, illegally taken from legal Township locations. The signs were taken from private property, whose owners had given permission to me to post the signs. Lawnsigns were also stolen from Roncaglione’s home as well as his neighbors and supporters.
The candidate, Casey R. Roncaglione, Democratic candidate in Upper Darby Township, called the actions typical dirty tricks. “I doubt my opponent Mario Civera (R-164) had anything to do with it, but I don’t know that for sure,” said Roncaglione. “It’s not the end of the world but it is pretty cheap politics, Mr. Civera has over $190,000 in campaign funds, I have a little over $4,000. He could buy 50,000 signs and not even feel it, I have to watch every penny, so a sign is an important expense to me.” Upper Darby Police are filing a report and superintendent Chitwood promised there would be an investigation possibly leading to charges. Upper Darby Township, a Republican stronghold has never been too acceptable of competition. Mr. Roncaglione is different though, actually friendly and respective of Mr. Civera. “Roncaglione spoke to Mr. Civera earlier on the day of the incident to complain that his signs were being taken down. Mr. Civera told Mr. Roncaglione that he doesn’t do that and the two parted amicably. Soon after the episode occurred. Mr. Roncaglione who has pledged a clean campaign hopes this puts an end to the dirty tricks and that the voters get an honest and fair chance to learn the issues to vote for whom they feel can best represent them.
This is the email from the campaign worker who observed the theft (unedited):
This is the report made to Lt. Rhoades, who is handling the case under orders from Superintendent Micheal ChitwoodREPORT TO UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP POLICEOur signs had been being stolen for about four days, so I staked out the location at State and Lansdowne over those days for 20 or so hours to catch the thief. This was on Monday or Tuesday, I forget right now. Finally I saw a man driving a red Lexus pull up take down Casey’s sign and put it in his trunk.
If the sign was placed illegally why not just tell me and that would be the end of it. Instead he ran away hoping to avoid me and get caught, Obviously he knew he was wrong and was trying to get away with it.
After a high speed chase through the streets of Upper Darby, going down one way streets at speeds of up to 70mph and almost hitting pedestrians and parked and moving vehicles , a city License and Inspection official who was the sign stealer was stopped by over 10 Upper Darby Police at a roadblock near City Hall at Market and Sansom street in Upper Darby. The chase lasted at least 20 minutes and is recorded on 911 as our campaign worker was on 911 as the episode was happening. The Township official who was attempting to avoid being caught by a Casey Roncaglione campaign worker who spotted the official stealing the campaign lawn signs was driving a 2006 Red Lexus.
When UDPD stopped the man, in his trunk were found Casey’s political lawn signs illegally taken from legal Township locations. The signs were taken from private property, whose owners had given permission to the candidate to post the signs. Lawnsigns were also stolen from Roncaglione’s home as well as his neighbors and supporters. To this date we know of 26 missing signs. I have no proof who took them but I have a good idea. The total signs stolen have been estimated at a cost of almost $5 each.
The candidate, Casey R. Roncaglione, Democratic candidate in Upper Darby Township, called the actions typical dirty tricks. “I doubt my opponent Mario Civera (R-164) had anything to do with it, but I don’t know for sure,” said Roncaglione. Mr. Civera has over $190,000 in campaign funds, I have a little over $4,000. He could buy 50,000 signs and not even feel it, I have to watch every penny, so a sign is an important expense to me.” Mr. Roncaglione is actually friendly and respective of Mr. Civera.
Roncaglione spoke to Mr. Civera earlier on the day of the incident to complain that his signs were being taken down. Mr. Civera told Mr. Roncaglione that he doesn’t do that and the two parted amicably. Soon after the meeting the episode and chase occurred. Mr. Roncaglione who has pledged a clean campaign hopes the voters get an honest and fair chance to learn the issues to vote for whom they feel can best represent them.
Although it was originally communicated to me that the report would be released on Monday, it appears that some combination of the police, the District Attorney, or the Township have decided to wait a little while, like after the election. The following comment was posted here:
Rather than take time away from a hectic campaign that is becoming closer than anyone though it could, Casey Roncaglione said today he would let the justice system take it’s course.Lt. George Rhoades reported to the Casey Roncaglione Committee that his investigation into the lawn sign incident was completed today. Lt. Rhoades delivered the criminal report to Assistant District Attorney Jackson M. Stewart Jr. (610-891-4240) at the D A’s office in Media. Mr. Stewart reported that his investigation will begin today and be concluded within 3 weeks. At that time he will release his decision and if deemed press any charges.
Pure coincidence, I’m sure. Justice delayed is justice denied.
For his part Casey Roncaglione will go on with his campaign. Knocking on doors, meeting the voters and concentrating on election day rather than political Township workers.
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Roncaglione vs. Civera heats up

Unique Race for House Seat in Suburbs
by KYW’s David Madden

You’ve heard a lot about the hot races in the Philadelphia suburbs, particularly for Congress. But one interesting contest just under a lot of political radar screens pits a college student against a longtime state House veteran up for re-election. Mario Civera has represented Upper Darby as a state representative for 5 years longer than Casey Roncaglione has been alive. A 21-year-old Temple student, he takes exception to being called a novice but seems to embrace it at the same time.:

“Inexperience is going to be helpful here. Experience has brought us nothing but trouble.”

Besides, the democrat says, his business studies will help bring jobs to the district.

Civera says Roncaglione made his intentions known some time ago.

“I’d figured that this was going to happen because he had grabbed on to an issue and he’d just kept running with that issue.”
That issue? The now cancelled legislative pay raise which Civera insists he’s paid back every penny.

Roncaglione’s bottom line? It’s time for a change.

How To Vote In Delaware County

I uploaded this a a “Public Service” announcement to give you a heads up on how these new “voting machines” work. The Danaher ELECTronic 1242 is what Delaware County decided on as our new voting machine, after George Bush passed his HAVA Act. This machine has no paper trail and has caused quite an uproar in the last SELECTION I mean election. Anyway, good luck to you voters, espicially the older ones like my 82 year old Mother. I should go down to Stonehurst and do my own HAVA in her behalf.

Cheers and enjoy watching Condi show you how to vote…

Protest/Press Conference Tuesday at Upper Darby High School

A Protest/Press Conference will be held at UDHS on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 pm.
We will meet at the big sign in front of the Auditorium on Lansdowne Avenue. If we are thrown off school property we will move across the street in front of the cemetary gates on the corner, look for me at the location for any last minute details. The subject of the Protest/Press Conference will be non-Township students attending the school, violence in the school and the costs related to those matters. Home made signs are encouraged. We need as many of you who care, and can be there, to attend.
Should last a half-hour.
The only way the school board and administrators to listen is to force them to see and hear us, the best way to do that is to be there with us on Tuesday.
See you there,
Casey Roncaglione 610-804-7373

Is That Paula Brown?


I was checking out the “PA Clean Sweep” web site eariler and went into thier photo gallery. Lo and behold, the woman to the left of the guy at the podium looks like Paula Brown. Agree? Disagree? Do I need glasses? Anyway, the reason I went to the web site is because of an e mail I received eariler (It’s about 1:00 AM here in Delco). In it, it reminded me of the 2:00 AM pay increase that many of or representatives gave themselves. As I explained in a previous blog post, I was pissed but if I could vote myself one? Hell, I would. And most of you would too. Admit it! As a self employed electrician I can charge any price I want. Getting paid is a completely different thing.

I think that in all jobs, people should be paid on preformance. Look at the sports jocks. Multi Million dollar contracts and poor preformance (Hint to the Flyers?) And.. Take a look at George Bush. He gets paid no matter how bad he يخدع this country up. And he gets perks too!

Just remember who did what for you in thier jobs as our State Representatives. Investigate. Call them. and for يخدع sakes don’t listen to those stupid political commericials! What a waste of money!

Why the hell hasn’t anyone written about Curt yet?


What about Grumpy?

Weldon has charged that the investigation was timed to inflict maximum damage on his re-election campaign. Speaking to reporters after a House Aviation Subcommittee meeting Wednesday afternoon, he said the retired FBI agent, Gregory Auld, confirmed the night before that a Sestak worker “was bragging that three weeks ago they knew this was going to come down.”

“That, to me, is absolutely outrageous,” Weldon said. “If that occurred, it means that someone in the Justice Department was coordinating whatever was happening with a political campaign.”

Except it didn’t happen, according to Auld, who told an entirely different story.

“No, that’s not what happened,” he said in a phone interview, when asked about Weldon’s statements.

Auld, a retired FBI agent from Drexel Hill, said a man at a local gym – he refers to him as “Grumpy” because he doesn’t know his name – told him Tuesday that another man in a Sestak shirt said three weeks ago that “something big” would happen to Weldon last weekend. Auld then approached the Sestak supporter, who told him, “We kind of sniffed this out.”

“I said, ‘You guys knew about this?’ and he didn’t say anything,” Auld said, adding that it was the other man, “Grumpy,” who said he had heard from the Sestak worker that “something big was going to come down on Weldon.”

“He didn’t say, ‘We knew,’ he just said, ‘We sniffed it out,’” Auld said of his conversation with the latter individual.

Sestak spokesman Ryan Rudominer said, “The idea that our campaign has any influence over the FBI or the Republican-led Justice Department is laughable.” He said the campaign had no prior knowledge of the investigation.

wow.. The DelCo G.O.P.s very own media lapdog is jumping ship. Something I never thought I’d see..