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John Perzel: Worst. Person. Ever.
Submitted by Dan U-A on Tue, 03/28/2006 - 9:30am.
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total idiot Pennsylvania State House Speaker John Perzel, one of the worst people ever. Ok, that is possibly a little bit of hyperbole. But, yeah, John Perzel, from Northeast Philadelphia, is really a pretty horrible public official.
Perzel takes pride in destroying the ability of the City to self-govern. However, it appears that once again, this resident of Philadelphia has sold us down the river, a little bit out of spite, and a lot because of money. $56,000 to be exact.
Perzel has, in his time as Speaker, helped institute the state takeover of PA schools. Ignoring those of us too far south on the Roosevelt Boulevard for his taste, Perzel is currently helping to block a bill to limit handgun purchases to one or two a month. And now, Perzel is trying to do everything in his power to insure that Philadelphia and its citizens have zero say in where Casinos will be located in our City, and what they will look like.
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Recently, in a wonderful vote, fraught with bizarre levels of irony, the State House voted to removed Philly's ability to enforce local ordinances on Casinos.
But in a letter dated Friday, House Speaker John M. Perzel again stoked the flames between Harrisburg and Philadelphia: "I regret that you feel my actions are somehow disloyal to Philadelphians or usurp their rights," Perzel wrote to City Councilman Frank DiCicco. "To the contrary, Senate Bill 862 safeguards those right by removing from the siting process undue political pressure, as exemplified by the results of the ongoing City Hall corruption probe." Perzel did not return calls seeking comment yesterday. The state House voted, 180-20, on March 14 to prevent the city from enforcing local ordinances when it comes to casinos within its borders. That would include zoning rules that might prohibit building casinos in certain areas.The irony? Well, I suppose I might be crazy, but I think there might be a little undue political pressure if gaming interests were able to give tens of thousands of dollars to State legislators? I mean, that cannot be a good thing, right? And, if John Perzel received over $50,000 dollars from these interests himself, it might seem a little bizarre for him to talk about undue political pressure? Wait, I got it! Maybe he is so fattened with lobbyist meals and so tired from one too many rounds of golf on a lobbyist's dime that he has hit a lobbying saturation point? He is removed from these undue political pressures because his coffers are so overcrowded with cash that he cannot remember who gave him what? Sarcasm aside, John Perzel is an enemy of Philadelphia. He is an enemy of the City Councilmen who are trying to organize their communities to soften the impact that the arrival of huge gambling operations will have on poor neighborhoods. He is an enemy of everyday Philadelphians. Philadelphia would be better off if John Perzel was booted out of the State House. Wishful thinking...