Monday, October 20, 2008

Mary E. Davis of Monroevile, foreground, and Jeamour Matthews of North Braddock stand outside the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club with signs supporting JohnMcCain and SarahPalin.

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Todd Palin stumps in North Versailles
Todd Palin, husband of Republican vice presidential candi­date Sarah Palin, shakes hands with Lee Ann Come and her son Matthew Come of North Huntingdon Township during a Saturday stop at the Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club pin North Versailles Township. By PATRICK CLOONAN Daily News StafWriter Mary E. Davis supported Hilary Clinton for president. She said Saturday that she’d support Clinton again in 2012. However, this African­American grandmother from Monroevile supports Republican presidential hope­ful John McCain against Barack Obama, who defeated Clinton for the Democratic nomination. “We are in a terrible, ter­rible time,” Davis said after a North Versailes Township raly attended by Todd Palin, husband of McCain’s running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “John McCain is the man to lead us through these times.” Davis caled Palin “an added bonus” to the ticket. Alaska’s self-styled “first dude” swung through Pennsylvania Saturday, start­ing in Greensburg and ending in State Colege. “It’s been a pretty crazy month and a half,” he said at the Pitcairn-Monroevile Sportsmen’s Club along Route 48, “but we are up to the chalenge.” Another woman agreed with Davis about Clinton in 2012. Others agreed that they support McCain on “some of the issues.” However, it appeared most of approxi­mately 100 in attendance agreed McCain­Palin was a better fit than Obama and his running mate Joe Biden. Mary Ann Meloy, a consultant to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, said Obama “poses the most serious threat to our Second Amendment rights in our life­time.” “We cling to our guns and are not bitter,” Todd Palin said, referring to Obama’s remarks at a private San Francisco fund­raiser during the Pennsylvania primary campaign. “We have a candidate in Obama that does not respect our freedoms,” said Kim Stolfer of McDonald, co-chair­man of Sportsmen for McCain in Pennsylvania and president of Firearms Owners Against Crime. “We alknow that firearms protect you against lawbreak­ers,” felow co-chairman Dave Battaglia of Kittanning said. “The balot protects you against lawmakers.” Stolfer also quoted the Pennsylvania Constitution: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of them­selves and the State shalnot be ques­tioned.” Another speaker quoted Obama as say­ing in Philadelphia that gun rights are subject to federal and state regulation. A similar opinion is found on Obama’s Web site. Obama has backers among sportsmen, including state Rep. Marc Gergely, D­White Oak, and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, but places much of his hope on economic issues. However, Saturday’s rally had echoes of Obama’s Ohio confrontation with “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who said he wanted to buy the business that employs him. “Let’s ask Joe the Plumber what (Democrats and the media) have done to him for speaking out,” Meloy said. “He’s the one who exposed Obama’s true views about sharing the wealth,” Don Thomson of North Huntingdon Township said. “A lot of conservative Democrats are waking up to the fact that we may have a Socialist administration.” Meloy said Sarah Palin could rock the cradle and energy regulations. Todd Palin referred to clean coal as an
energy alternative when he said Alaska has an abundance of coal, oil and gas. Obama opposed the federal Born-Alive Protection Act and similar Illinois legisla­tion. “Any man who thinks it is right to kill babies before they are born and then to kill them after they are born does not deserve to be president,” Helen Cindrich of North Versailles Township said. A woman in the audience suggested McCain should speak in Port Vue, where the Mon Valley Republican Committee headquarters was vandalized last week. The Palin rally was not the only week­end Mon-Yough political activity. The Allegheny County Democratic Committee joined state Rep. David Levdansky, D­Forward Township, in a Saturday rally in Jefferson Hills. Levdansky is in a re-election battle with Elizabeth Council President Monica Douglas. Firearms Owners Against Crime had literature in North Versailles about a breakfast meeting next weekend in Jefferson Hills, featuring Douglas and state Sen. John Pippy, R-Moon Township.

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