Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Looking to the fall: State Rep 116th District

In 2010 Tarah Toohil scored one of the biggest upsets of the year by defeating state house Democratic Majority Leader Todd Eachus. Although I'm a Democrat I was glad to see the back of Eachus.

 He lost me when I got a piece of official mail touting the proposed Hazleton Cargo Airport and I didn't even live in his district. He teamed up with convicted criminals Greg Skrepnak and Robert Powell and others wanting to divert the slots money to a fantasy airport. He later backed off his support for the project.Then it came out that he was flying around on Powell's private jet and that was the end of him.

Tarah Toohil was a Democrat that wanted to run against Eachus in the primary but hit a brick wall so she filed as a Republican and won. Another example that challengers don't win races but incumbents lose them.

Her opponent is Ransom Young, a farmer who has been a member of the Butler Township Board of Supervisors for 28 years.

Reading their latest campaign finance reports we learn that Ransom hasn't raised any money so far but that will change. Toohil has about $6400 cash on hand. There are few things on Toohil's report that I found curious. Most of the contributors don't live in the district and she got some help from her friends.


FRIENDS OF KAREN BOBARK (typo on website)



Looking at the expenditures.

The usual expenses are listed for office supplies, postage, internet and phone service, etc. .There are some things that are different.. 20 charges to the campaign totaling over $700 for gasoline, small checks for lunch and a few meals in DC at The MATCH BOX and BELGA CAFE. What PA interest is she pushing in Washington?

4 bills for dry cleaning totaling. $68.10. Tarah always looks sharp.

Update: Those numbers were from the 2012 report. The 2011 filing lists more lunch tabs, $440 for gas, $57 for dry cleaning and $721 for formal wear from Wedding Bells on 11/21/11. I guess she wanted to look good for Pennsylvania Society get together in New York that her campaign picked up the tab for her hotel room. She looks fabulous in the last picture on the slideshow of this article.


Puttin' on the ritz at the Academy Ball



Anonymous said...

please tell me HOW she can withdraw all the petty cash and not report the expense. She is filtering money into her own pocket!
Then you have HER father charging the campaign for design work!
When will this end.

Sabrina McLaughlin said...

$6,400 CoH sure ain't impressive for somebody who is supposed to be a PA GOP rising star and whose victory was one of the major feathers in the PA Gop's cap last year. What, is she going to rely on the HRCC to fund and bolster her? I wouldn't tolerate such lackluster fundraising if I was running that committee.

Anonymous said...

There is a lot more on her that is going to come out over the next few months. I'm appalled at the lack of research Rep. Eachus's team did.

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Anonymous said...

So Hazleton has 1 of the worst mortgage foreclosure rates in the State and their Rep. is renting $700 gowns for a Phila event in NYC?

She better pray the Vereb stories dont make it back to NEPA!!!

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Anonymous said...

what is with the Vereb comments?

Gort said...

Enough with the innuendo.