Montgomery County Commissioners now face a lawsuit in connection with the firing of Voter Services Director,Joe Passarella, who was let go last month. Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, Josh Shaprio commented on the situation before the lawsuit was filed on Monday’s edition of Comment Please by Univest WNPV.
“I can’t comment on the reasons why Mr. Passarella no longer works here, suffice to say, there was ample reason.
Going forward, there was a lot of misreporting going on about promises made and political deals. None of that is true. In fact, the day we removed Passarella, formally of his duties, we advertised the position on our website, as we’ve done with every other position here.”
A taxpayer, Nicholas Salamone, from Plymouth meeting, filed the lawsuit, naming commissioners Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards and Michael Paston, who replaced Passarella. The Montgomery County Republican Committee is named as a plaintiff in the suit. The suit was filed on the grounds that Michael Paston was illegally appointed to the post as Director of Voter Services for the county.
The controversy concerning IRS intimidation seems to be a long standing
problem, according to George Toth, Host of WNPV programs, Regarding Your
Money and Chestnut Investment Attitudes.
"This essentially is setting up that agency to be the bidding of a
particular administration. The agency then loses it direction and trust.
But make no mistake, this is very disturbing."
Toth was a guest Friday morning on the AM-Edition.
State Senator Daylin Leach is the first in line to run for the 13th Congressional seat. Incumbent Allyson Schwartz has decided to run for Governor next year, creating an open seat. There is lots of cross-over between the Congressional District and Leach’s 17th District Senate seat, but he actually lives in the 7th Congressional District.
“I live about 150-yards outside the 13th District, but I grew up in the district. I represented the district for about a dozen years, this part of the district.”
Leach is a Democrat who advocated for legalizing marijuana and gay marriage.
Despite drawing the ire of some conservative groups, U-S Senator, Pat Toomey says, he still thinks expanding background checks on gun sales makes sense. Toomey says, the bill he crafted with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin was the subject of lots of misinformation.
“We did have to end up spending a lot of time correcting people who had a mistake or impression or had read something that was a factional an error, and that I think inhibited our ability to make the case for what actually was in the bill.”
Toomey’s bill fell short of the 60 votes needed in the Senate during an April vote.