Phyllis Mundy was not amused.
TL: “Spreading false information because you don’t know the facts is a mistake. Continuing to spread false information when you know the truth is lying.” This statement from a recent Philadelphia Inquirer editorial hit home with me as I hear from constituents who have received mail from the House Republican Campaign Committee.
A multipage mailing called “Pennsylvania Watch, Spotlight on Phyllis Mundy” sent on behalf of my opponent in the race for state representative in the 120th District is jam-packed with spin, misrepresentation and outright lies about my policy positions and votes in the state House. Either my opponent is unaware of the truth or he knows the truth and has turned a blind eye.
I never have allowed my party to demonize my opponents on my behalf as a candidate. And I never will. It is inherently dishonest to allow others to do your political dirty work and proclaim your own innocence.
Anyone who has received one of these mailings and is interested in the facts should feel free to ask me about anything written there. I will be happy to respond with my side of the story.
I asked Aaron Kaufer about it and he denied any prior knowledge of the mailer and sent along this response.
I'm very well aware that Phyllis Mundy took the taxpayer paid 50% pension increase just after voting against it. I have attached a PDF of the pension opt-in form that shows she couldn't sign-up quick enough for the higher pension just after telling the voters she was against it. This is just more hypocrisy from a 22 year incumbent who is playing political games with the truth. I've also copied an article that mentions Rep. Mundy as one of several Members taking the pension after voting against it.
While working families struggle and seniors continue to lose their pensions, Phyllis Mundy will collect $52,792 a year for life off the taxpayers because she took the 50% increase and voted in increase her own pay two times! This includes the midnight pay raise and illegal unvouchered expenses she took and never gave back. Even after the Supreme Court ruled they were illegal. I think that is a slap in the face to all taxpayers and that's why I will refuse to take a taxpayer paid pension if elected! And I will never vote to increase my own pay.
In regard to the HRCC mailer, you will need to talk to them because it is there mail and nothing I was involved in. I've always been clear that she took a 50% pension increase right after voting against it - thus being a typical career politician.
Mundy riffs on Bill Clinton: It takes some brass to call me a "career politician" when my opponent has never had any career other than "politician".
Actually Kaufer is a recent college graduate and has yet to have a career.
It's a pity this is getting personal as both candidates are my friends. But I'm sure that they have both seen the Godfather and understand that this is business (politics) , not personal.
Mundy won big in 2010 gathering 53% of the vote against an established Republican and a spirited Libertarian in a very Republican year.
Kaufer has an HQ near Kingston corners with office space donated by a relative and has been phone banking and will be tying up traffic (loitering) from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Thomas' Family Market in the Shavertown Shopping Center on Route 309. He promises a hot dog and some surprise endorsements.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate between incumbent state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, and her Republican challenger, Aaron Kaufer of Kingston, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Buckingham Performance Arts Center at Wyoming Seminary, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston.