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Just Who Is ‘About as Qualified to Lead as Sarah Palin’?



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The head of the Pennsylvania Democratic party has an interesting standard for who is qualified to lead in his state:

Over the past few weeks, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has sent out press releases blasting Governor-elect Tom Corbett for naming a major campaign donor to his cabinet and putting a Tea Party activist on his transition team. Democrats have also criticized Corbett’s staff for avoiding reporters’ calls, and earlier this week, Chairman Jim Burn told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review incoming Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is “about as qualified to lead as Sarah Palin.”

That’s some ironic scoffing coming from Burns. On his watch, his party lost the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, a majority of U.S. House seats (including seeing five seats flip from Democratic to Republican), and the state assembly (a 15-seat swing to create a 12-seat GOP majority). And he’s mocking anybody else’s leadership?

As for Cawley . . .

In 2005, Jim was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners.  In 2007, he was solidly re-elected as the leading vote-getter in Bucks County in a very competitive election. 

He worked as Chief of Staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson where he was responsible for the operations of the Harrisburg and Bucks County district offices. In addition, Jim was as a member of his local school board in Bristol Township where he voted against the tax increase. Jim has been active in charitable and civic affairs in Bucks County and is an advocate for environmental protection.

He serves on the County Commissioner’s Association of Pennsylvania’s Energy, Environment & Land Use Committee as Vice Chairman. Jim is a former member of the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital, a former trustee of Bucks County Community College and a former Commonwealth trustee of Temple University.

He currently serves as vice president of community relations for the Bucks County Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Board of Advisors for both St. Mary Medical Center and Conwell-Egan Catholic High School.  Additionally, Jim is a member of the Bucks County Bar Association and is on the board of trustees for their Charitable Foundation. He is also on the board of directors for the Bucks County Transportation Management Association (TMA). A graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Bristol Township, he graduated cum laude from Temple University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He received a law degree from Temple University School of Law.

That’s laughably unqualified? And is Sarah Palin a synonym for “unqualified to lead” anywhere outside Democratic-party circles?

It’s enough to bring a rebuke from . . . outgoing Democratic governor Ed Rendell: “Partisanship is ruining the effectiveness of government all over America. And that’s . . . a perfect example of what that is,” he said at a Pennsylvania Society event in New York City this weekend. “Let’s give him (Corbett) some breathing space. To attack him at this point comes with ill grace.”


Tags: Ed Rendell , Jim Cawley , Sarah Palin , Tom Corbett


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