THE MEUSER UPDATE
April 3, 2008
A Special Message from Dan Meuser
NE Caucus of Republican State Committee asks Congressional Candidates to Sign Positive Campaign PledgeMeuser Signs Pledge and asks Hackett to Join Him for the sake of the Party
Conservative Republican Congressional Candidate Dan Meuser signed a pledge to run a positive campaign. The pledge was written and distributed by the Northeast Caucus of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania. (Click here to view the Pledge)
“I want to thank Chairman Matthew Brann and all the well respected county chairs that put this pledge together,” Meuser said. “Unfortunately, my opponent in this campaign has already resorted to negative attacks, but I am hopeful the urging of local Republican Party leaders will convince him to reconsider his tactics.”
“I signed this pledge to run a positive campaign for three reasons: It’s the right thing to do and people of our area want to see it; it is in the best interest of the Republican Party; and it will give us the best chance to defeat Chris Carney and take back this seat. Thus far, my opponent has attempted to bring this primary down to the level of Clinton and Obama primary tactics. I hope he’ll join me in keeping this campaign focused on the issues that matter to the 10th District.”
The pledge would ban negative advertising from both the principle campaign group of each candidate as well as third party groups who support the candidates. We also pledge to defend ourselves if the other candidate launches negative attacks.
Campaign Manager Eric Wallace said that the campaign would do everything possible to keep to the pledge and noted that every time Hackett has attacked Dan, it has backfired.
In recent weeks Hackett has been forced to admit that he hired illegal aliens both at his business and in his home, the latter of which he did not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and he has refused to release payroll records or the last name of the illegal so an outside source can verify his account. (Hackett Had Illegals Working IN His Home; Times Leader, March 27)
Hackett also was caught “exaggerating” his role of recruiting a company to the area when the CFO of the company, 3CI, said that not only had Hackett not had anything to do with their decision to relocate here but that he terminated his company because he was dissatisfied with their service. Hackett has spoke about recruiting this company for months on the campaign trail. (The Daily Item, 3/21/08)
Hackett has attacked Dan Meuser’s record at Pride Mobility but it came to light in the last few days that Chris Hackett is currently being sued in federal court for questionable business practices. (US District Court of New Jersey, Civil Docket #1-06-cv-03951-RBK-JS)
Hackett has given 80% of his political contributions to Democrats, of which thousands of dollars went to Luzerne County Democrats and resulted in an over $700,000 pay to play, no bid contract. (Times Leader, 1/12/06) “Chris Hackett should be very careful before engaging in a negative campaign,” Campaign Manager Eric Wallace said. “Chris Hackett has a record of hypocrisy including hiring illegal aliens in his home, making up his record on job recruitment, donating to Democrats and receiving county contracts as well as currently being sued in federal court for questionable business practices. As Dan has stated time and time again, he wants to run a positive campaign but forced to he will vigorously defend himself. Given these examples of Hackett’s hypocrisies and even more additional troubling material, we will have plenty of issues to do so with.”
“As the final three weeks of the campaign unfold we will present our plans for growing the economy, protecting Social Security and bringing much needed infrastructure/transportation improvements to Northeast and Central Pennsylvania because that is what really is at stake on April 22nd” Meuser said.
“It will be very harmful to the Republican Party’s ability to gain this seat if Hackett continues his attacks and forces us to respond with this long list of hypocrisy,” Wallace stated. “By signing this pledge as Dan has, it will be a clear sign that we can get back to the issues and we urge Chris Hackett to listen to our party’s leaders and sign and abide by this pledge.”
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