To Whom It May Concern:
In my eyes, some local Republicans are once again underestimating the intelligence of the people of the 31st District and I know the voters are too smart for this nonsense. I wanted to address a few things about myself and some statements that were made.
Earlier this year, they filed a false claim against me stating that I violated election laws when I made a comment to a reporter about the upcoming election. They took an off-the-cuff remark, grasped at straws, and tried to say that I failed to file with the State after I formally announced my intentions to run. The only problem? It wasn’t a formal announcement; in fact, it wasn’t an announcement at all. The false claim filed against me cost the State to investigate, with taxpayers unfortunately responsible for paying the bill.
I’d also love to explain to my constituents the logic presented to me, but I don’t know where to start; I expect them to be against everything I do, but why then ask me what I’ve done? If you’ve stated that you are against my laundry list of accomplishments, surely it’s a waste of time to then ask for information you already have? Recently I was opposed by them with regards to the issue of Sunday Sales. The issue has been argued and discussed, one that I will not further articulate here, and I find that most people I encounter tend to agree with me. The projected sales continue to rise with each new “push” and the unfortunate truth is that a more realistic number hardly pales in comparison.
To keep you up to speed, they also posted my finance report in the paper. While they were busy trying to insinuate that I’m bought, they never posted the donations I received from regular folks like teachers, subcontractors, parents, etc. I know who contributes to my campaign; they are the people whom I've written bills for and I think I do a good job for them. I certainly don't think people who donated toward my campaign thought they bought me. A few weeks back they FOI’d (Freedom of Information) my emails at work; nothing was found. Asking would have yielded the same result – I do my job proudly and I take care of my constituents.
In previous campaigns there have been tactics and great costs to the taxpayers on their behalf, not mine. That’s not acceptable to me. I feel strongly enough in my beliefs and the work that I do to not play petty games and create something where nothing exists.
Senator Tom Colapietro
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