Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tony Phyrillas: Time for Perzel to face reality

Someone who knows John M. Perzel personally recently sent me an e-mail about the pathetic situation in Harrisburg, where Mr. Perzel is refusing to face reality and give up his office as Speaker of the House now that the Republicans have lost control of the House.

The person who sent the e-mail is a well-known Republican who can't stand seeing what Perzel has done to the Republican party over the past two years.

This is the gist of the note: "I just read the newspaper article, "Perzel says he won't move before House votes on speaker." Perzel's spokesman Al Bowman was quoted, "Rep. John Perzel does not plan to relinquish the offices that he occupies before the House votes on its next speaker Jan 2." He further states, it's a question of whether he feels he can still make a difference in the Legislature, and I don't see anything to the fact that he cannot."

Was Bowman out of the country when his boss passed up the opportunity to give real property tax relief (The Commonwealth Caucus Plan) for PA taxpayers? Perzel teamed up with Democratic Gov. Rendell to legalize gaming in PA that provides little relief for PA taxpayers.

In addition, Bowman was still out of the country when his boss orchestrated the middle of the night pay grab to include unvouchered expenses, the vehicle used so that Legislators can pocket the cash immediately, a violation of the PA Constitution. Only upon public outcry was the pay raise repealed.

Perzel's comments after a 2-month hibernation, was 'we did it in 1995' and migrant cow milkers make more money than legislators, so they deserve the pay raise.

As a result of Perzel's arrogance and ignorance, there were 26 open Republican seats in the 2006 election cycle. Almost half of the incumbent Republicans lost in the primary and the other half retired as a result of the pay raise vote. End result the Democrats are in the majority in the House. For that, the Dems have John Perzel to thank.

In response to Bowman's question, whether Perzel feels he can still make a difference in the Legislature, and he does not see anything to the fact that Perzel cannot. Perzel has made a difference, which is not in the best interest of the taxpayers of the Commonwealth and their families.

Perzel has single-handely caused the destruction of the Republican majority in the state House. Perzel has this dream that he can persuade 1 Dem Legislator to either switch parties, stay a Dem but cast their vote for him for Speaker, or stay off the floor and not vote for speaker on Jan 2. Rendell has already said publicly he will personally speak to Dem Legislators to prevent any of the scenarios from happening. My money is on Rendell. It is time for Prezel to face reality and move out of the Speaker's offices , and he has only himself to blame."

The Republican Party has flung itself over the cliff under the leadership of people like John Perzel, Robert Jubilirer and Chip Brightbill. And of course, you have the behind-the-scenes puppetmaster, Bob Asher. Their record is one of utter failure that has cost the GOP a U.S. Senate post, four U.S. Congressional seats, the governor's mansion and control of the state House.

What more will it take for Republicans to dump these failed leaders and begin rebuilding the party?

Tony Phyrillas is a columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. E-mail him at tphyrillas@pottsmerc.com