Thursday, May 10, 2007

GettysBLOG: An Apology -- of sorts

Last election campaign we said some negative things about Dan Moul. Even as a conservative, we endorsed the Democrat running against him, Patrick Naugle. We still believe Mr. Naugle would have been an excellent replacement for the not-soon-enough-departed Steve Maitland, who picked the pockets of the state’s taxpayers on his ignominious way out the door of the House chamber.

While anyone would be an improvement over Maitland, who spent fourteen years doing absolutely nothing but studying for his law degree [now at taxpayer expense], we of the 91st District can count ourselves fortunate to have had two excellent candidates to replace the now pecunious Maitland.

Maitland cried foul at getting unceremoniously dumped, and as he departed the State Capitol in January, he gave a speech on the floor decrying the way the voters treated him, and declaring how lucky they were to have him. Well, not only are the voters lucky…to have him out of office, they are infinitely luckier to have a man the caliber of Dan Moul as his replacement.

During the campaign, we queried the candidates about their stand on a number of issues, most importantly, the proposed casino project. Mr. Moul responded to our inquiry with a straightforward and unapologetic position that he believed the project was a worthy one for Adams County. On the basis of that response, which I respected but vehemently disagreed with, and on the basis of the post-Primary election photo in the Gettysburg Times showing a grinning David LeVan behind a smiling Dan Moul at the Pike Restaurant in Gettysburg, we endorsed Moul’s opponent Patrick Naugle. Naugle was a good candidate, and nearly pulled off an upset in solidly red Adams County, showing far better than previous Democrats. Mr. Naugle had our backing because of his anti-casino stand. We hope he will run for office again. We believe he has much to offer the citizens of Adams County. We were hoping, in fact, that he might run for County Commissioner.

Since taking office, Dan Moul has been more visible in five months than Steve Maitland was in fourteen years. We think, but may be in error about this, that Moul has already sponsored more legislation than Maitland did in his whole time in office. He is getting involved locally in a number of worthy projects, and more involved than just showing up for the ground-breaking photos with a shovel in his hand.

Moul literally hit the ground running and has not stopped yet. He has put an energy into his work that most voters would love to see from their Representative but rarely do. And we believe that when he is visible down here, he is not visible to the lobbyists in Harrisburg and thus should continue to remain out of their clutches. He has struck us as being principled, and having good integrity, something that was sadly lacking in his predecessor.

And so, we tip our hat in salute to Representative Dan Moul of the 91st Legislative District. We wish him well, and believe he will continue to do well and make his constituents proud of him.


We support the Roadmap to Reform!

“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

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GettysBLOG said...

John I. wrote to us and asked:

We support the Roadmap to Reform!

What has Moul done?

In answer I would refer him to Representative Moul's website:

There you go, John, have a look.

It starts right on the main page where it shows Moul in action testifying before the Speaker's Commission on Legislative Reform about per diem abuse.

There is much more.

Representative Moul is off to a fine [and flying] start.


GettysBLOG said...

We have added Representative Moul to our link list as a Citizen-Patriot Hero, a status he has earned in just a few short months.