The three GOP congressional candidates made their case Monday to the Wayne County Council of Republican Women at the Honesdale Golf Club.


The three GOP congressional candidates made their case Monday to the Wayne County Council of Republican Women at the Honesdale Golf Club.
Each candidate was given a few minutes to address the crowd of about 50 attendees.
Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk described himself as a fiscal conservative, with a young perspective and fresh ideas.
“I have no baggage and a proven track record of fiscal responsibility.” said Mr. Derk.
Tom Marino cited his background of working paycheck-to-paycheck eventually getting into law school, and becoming a United States Attorney.
David Madeira spoke about his past experience as a doctor and small businessman, and how his “outsider quality” can help him connect with the disenchanted voter, he said.
The candidates also had the opportunity to field questions from the dinner attendees. One person questioned the candidates about how they will handle Congressman Carney in the General Election.
“We need someone who can stand up to his negative tactics,” said Mr. Derk. “Carney will try to tar and feather the Republican nominee,” he said, again stating that he had no baggage and a clean record.
“I will take him toe-to-toe, and call him out on his faults,” said Mr. Marino. “The day after I announced, the D-triple C [DCCC] came after me,” he said. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a press release which made a reference to him as Tom ‘Casino’ Marino. He resigned in 2007 from the US Attorney’s Office after it was discovered he was a reference on a gaming license application for businessman Louis DeNaples.
“The gloves will come off in the general election,” said Mr. Marino.
“This is the information age.” said Mr. Madeira . “I will strive to be more communicative, and use an aggressive information-based campaign,” he said.
When asked a question about the budget, Mr. Madeira suggested down-sizing the government. “We need to scale back the budget to 2007 levels,” he said. “I also suggest that we need tax cuts, a flat-tax system, and to abolish the IRS,” he said.
Citing the new healthcare legislation, which he called a “Communist Program,” Mr. Marino sarcastically said that it will create jobs, “as 17,000 new IRS agents will be in your backyard looking for you.”
“Democrats seem to think that it’s the government’s job to create new jobs,” said Mr. Derk, “when actually it’s businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Despite the friendly atmosphere of the dinner, all three candidates will be running against each other in the May 18 Primary Election. The winner of that election will face Congressman Chris Carney (D) in the November General Election.