Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's a go

O'Brien to take on Paul Kanjorski

From a press release:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien will make his intentions known regarding a run for the United States Congress (PA-11) on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 9:45 a.m. from the steps of his childhood home, 1906 Delaware Street, Dunmore PA 18512.


As an 18-year old Dunmore High School senior, Corey successfully lobbied for a $600,000 federal appropriation to build a community center in Dunmore. Today, residents of Dunmore enjoy a $4.5 million state-of-the-art community center that mirrors Corey’s early vision of providing residents with a multi-generational community center.

Corey O’Brien continued his civic involvement in college. While attending Penn State University, Corey testified before a Pennsylvania House Education Sub-Committee promoting affordability of higher education. After college graduation, Corey interned in the Clinton White House and was later appointed to a position in the United States Agency for International Development.

After serving in the Clinton Administration, O’Brien attended and graduated in the top of his class from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Corey is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the District of Columbia. Corey is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.After 10 years in Washington, D.C., Corey and his family moved home to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

After being back in Pennsylvania for only four months, Corey launched the public affairs television show, The Pulse with Corey O’Brien on FOX56. After only one season, The Pulse with Corey O’Brien was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an Outstanding TV Public Affairs Program/Series. The Pulse was also recognized by the Electric City newspaper as the region’s top public affairs television talk show. In addition, Corey served as a political analyst on the ABC-affiliate, WNEP-TV 16, and WILK News Radio. Corey also hosted a radio program, Corey O’Brien Now on WILK News Radio.

In 2007, Corey O’Brien was elected to the post of Lackawanna County commissioner in an unprecedented landslide victory, with Corey and his running mate winning in all of Lackawanna County's 163 precincts. Corey O’Brien resides in Moosic, Pennsylvania with his wife, Atty. Michelle R. O’Brien, and their two young children, Kate and Casey.


Anonymous said...

Can someone pull the knife out of Kanjo's back! What a little weasel O'B turned out to be.

Anonymous said...

Kanjo owns Scranton and Corey can forget help in the Hazleton Area. do the numbers Corey, it doesnt work,
you are making a strong Democrat spend money in a primary and use up resources needed in the General election.

How come no elected official wants to do the job they were elected to do, serve your term!!!

Anonymous said...

Please, Kanjo hasn't deserved reelection in twenty years. So what if he's running before his term is up? He's a politician; they run for things! I bet you fools both voted for Bob Casey even though the old man and the son ran for office four times as often as either was elected.

Kanjo owns Scranton? Hah! No one knows him in Scranton. He won in 2008 b/c of people like Corey who campaigned so hard for Obama.

By the way, "Anonymous 9.32"...Paul Kanjorski is NOT a storng Democrat by any stretch of the imagination. A strong Democrat doesn't need to squeak by a GOP challenger in an overwhelmingly Democratic district when he's a 24 yr incumbent.

Kanjo's done. O'Brien 2010

Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Congratulations to young Mr. O'Brien. You sir, are about to experience a true education in political science! By opposing Mr. Kanjorski, you will find that all of those young people with stars in their eyes (the Obama supporters--but, honestly, after all we have been through these past 9 months, are there truly any of them left?) who supported you for the Commissioners post will end up eating political crow. Of course, students, this exercise in political futility is quite amusing to your professor; as all that it shall accomplish is to weaken Mr. Kanjorski in the Fall--and take this old fogie's word as gospel, Mr. Kanjorski will be the nominee. Mr. O'Brien will have accomplished what no Republican could do for a generation; he will have opened the door for the election of a Republican congressman from the 11th District. For this, I truly thank him; as for his remaining political career, perhaps a state job? Last note, students; look for more than a few candidates on the GOP side of this exercise, as the nomination of the Grand Old Party is as good as GOLD. Class dismissed!!!

Forrest Gump said...

Professor and Anon 10:30p.m.,

You are both wrong, Paul Kanjorski can be compared to Joe Paterno; and like Joe Paterno, Paul Kanjorski will choose when he decides to stop serving the public. I like Corey O'Brien but I just don't think this is his time.

With Kanjorski's key position on many committee's I just can't bring myself to vote for Corey. And I think that during this economic crisis we have been enduring Kanjorski's stock has only increased.

A question for Corey O'Brien:

What do you bring to the table that is going to offset Mr. Kanjorski's experience and position in the House of Representatives? And there is no need to bring up Cornerstone, that is old news and has been investigated exhaustively. Kanjorski was found to have done nothing wrong legally. Morally it is on shaky ground, but I believe most in NEPA have forgiven that indiscetion and if they haven't I guess you found your audience.

Anonymous said...

People on here are fairly clueless. Democratic voters in the 11th have never had a viable alternative to Paul Kanjorski. This is the first time in over 20 years they will have the option to punish him for what he did with Cornerstone, what he did in voting against the stimulus, what he has done to hurt small banks and promote credit unions, what he did to enable predatory lenders, what he did by saying "we stretched the truth about the war", what he didn't do for any small business not owned by a relative, and where he stands on issues important to labor.

He's not like Joe Paterno, Paterno is an honorable man, he's more like Bowden, a cheater. And Bowden's on his way out too.

Time's up Paul.

Ed Junc said...

Time may be up for Paul but the time for OB is not now. What has he done to justify my vote or your vote? He just took office claiming a pocket full of promises and off he goes, seeking selfish goals. He won't get there on my vote till he proves himself. He must do something, anything. Being prety just doesn't make it.