A one-time Army Ranger, who served several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq is running for congress in the 8th Congressional District. Kevin Strouse says, the gridlock in Washington is at an all time high and he says he wants to be a part of the solution to move things in a forward position. Strouse says, the problems the nation is facing are numerous, including the issue of gun control, but he says progress is constantly being held-up.
“And we still haven’t been able to make progress on that because of the gun lobby. You take a problem where there seems to be a straight forward solution and we can’t make any progress there, then you start thinking about some of the more deeper problems of the country. Facing some of the economic issues and the economic recovery, and the situation looks pretty bleak right now unless we change the tone of the conversation down there.”
Strouse, a resident of Bensalem, is married and has two children. After his military service in the army rangers, he joined the C-I-A for eight years, also serving in the middle east in a counter-terrorism unit.
Jim Bohannon, host of the Jim Bohannon show, weeknights on WNPV at 10, joined Darryl Berger on WNPV’S New AM Edition Monday morning to talk about gridlock in D-C.
“A Republican House, a Democratic Senate, a Democratic President and it’s the same people, I’m sure who cast, what I call the straight paralysis are the first to whine about gridlock, if you don’t like it, then make up your mind in 2014”
Bohannon says, there’s some potential hope with bi-partisanship on gun control and immigration reform.
Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, long a darling of the right wing of his party is likely to take heat from conservatives on his helping to broker a deal on gun sale and background checks. Political watcher, Dr. Terry Madonna told WNPV some wont like the bill, but other won’t like the politics.
“It’s a victory of some sort. The President’s credibility, given Colorado and Connecticut and the high profile events he’s done, this is important to the President.”
Madonna says, whatever the fallout, it’s likely to be softened by polling, which indicates 94-percent support for universal background checks in Pennsylvania. Madonna was a guest on the Wednesday Edition of Comment Please by Univest on AM1440 WNPV.
Heritage Action For America, a Washington, D.C. group opposed to legislation on extensive background checks for gun purchases is lauding a vote ob the issue. Federal lawmakers defeated a measure on the issue Wednesday. It was a bi-partisan measure by Pennsylvania Republican senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democrat, Joe Manchin. Heritage Action For America spokesman Dan Holler believes two important factors led to the 54-46 vote that defeated the amendment.
“We don’t want to make criminals out of law abiding citizens, we want to go after the criminals. So that’s number one. Number two, there needs to be a real effort at the state and local level, particularly between communities and families to try to head off stuff likes this. You can’t have folks in Washington behind closed doors put some words on a piece of a paper and expect it to solve all the problems.”
Holler was a guest on WNPV’S New AM-Edition this morning with Darryl Berger