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chips already has a great thread on the story about the radnor democratic party tearing itself apart over the upcoming john nagle candidacy, but i would feel remiss if i didnt do a post on sam strikes recent article in the main line suburban life, which not only covered the controversy, but also gave a starkly revealing contrast between conservancy founder (and habitual doofus) elaine paul schaefer, and a true good government advocate, chip layfield -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2009/09/09/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4aa6f08027198999894494.txt

Are Radnor Dems Their Own Victims?

By Sam Strike

Democratic candidates in Radnor this November have another chance to make their party the majority on the local governing boards for the first time.

Voter registration in the township is in their favor, the party is leading the country on a federal level, and the possibility of a majority is a real one.

Yet the Radnor Democrats didn’t run candidates in two of the four Board of Commissioners races this year, which might cause some optionless voters to wonder what is going on with the party.

Residents of the second and sixth wards will be voting for, barring any write-in campaigns, incumbent Republican Kevin Higgins and Republican Donald Curley, respectively.

Radnor Democratic Committee chair Bruce Bikin admitted that he and others in the committee had problems finding candidates for those wards, including those who had run before.

“There’s some sense that Kevin Higgins is doing a pretty good job and there wasn’t anyone interested in taking that on,” he said of the Second Ward, a historically Republican stronghold.

Those he approached asked what would be the upside of running for a post on a board that is facing possible future litigation from former township manager Dave Bashore, a deficit in the millions and a future that may include restructuring and more layoffs.

“There’s so much stuff going on and so many problems looking ahead... There’s a real fear that the board might become really partisan... that it becomes a mini-Congress where nobody can get together to discuss good ideas.”

The current board of commissioners itself has not quite been in unison with some doggedly pursuing the allegations made against Bashore and others admitting publicly that they had wanted to let him go quietly.

Fifth Ward commissioner Lisa Paolino resigned from her seat last month after 10 years on the board; a rumor of resignation from another board member is circulating.

A new manager is set to be hired shortly, and a new finance director is also needed. Police and civilian union contracts will be up for renewal in the next few years.

It’s not an easy job (for the $1,200 annual stipend that commissioners are paid), everyone would agree.

Also, Bikin said, questions from would-be candidates included, “Am I going to have to do the kind of fighting [former commissioner] Dave Cannan did just to move the board forward? Are we going to be fighting with the majority over issues that should be common sense?”

The Democrats could have had, come the November election, a 5-2 majority of the board (versus the recent 2-5 minority) if they had run candidates in all elections and won them.

“In some ways we’re sort of victims of our own success,” he said. “Some don’t want to run the risk of facing Christina Perrone from the audience.”

Perrone, who ran for and lost the Second Ward seat four years ago, has become an outspoken township government scrutinizer and was one of a few people responsible for bringing to light the accusations that were leveled against former manager Bashore.

Last week she resigned from her committeeperson position with the Radnor Democratic Committee because she said she is unable to support all of the candidates the party is putting forward in this election. It’s typical for bylaws to require public support for candidates from committeepeople and members of the party’s executive board.

Daniel Sherry Jr. also resigned last week from his elected position of party secretary for the same reason, writing in his letter, “The Democratic candidates running for the Board of Commissioners and for School Board are unquestionably deserving of unanimous and enthusiastic support from the committee and its officers.”

But Sherry and Perrone say they can’t do that. They don’t share the belief expressed by some members of the committee at its meeting last Wednesday that the top priority of the local party is getting Democratic candidates elected.

Specifically, the two say they cannot support potential candidate John Nagle, who may run to fill the seat vacated by Paolino, who beat Nagle in the previous two elections. The issue was discussed at their meeting, which was attended by this reporter.

There, vice chair George Badey III said that one of the things he loved about the party was its openness and its ability to debate party problems, even in front of a reporter.

“That’s what the Democratic Party is. If you came to other meetings you would see debates on other issues,” he said earlier this week.

“We let people speak their mind and we want people to speak their mind. We want there to be robust debate,” Badey said, adding that there is not a “rift” in the party.

Friends with both Perrone and Sherry, Badey said he hopes they stay involved in the party, calling them “passionate and articulate” people.

Sherry said that Bikin and Badey are “very principled individuals, emblematic of our values, and I trust they will continue to do an excellent job building the party in Radnor.”

But he and Perrone say that they cannot support the values and principles that the party espouses (“accountability, openness, civility and fiscal discipline”) while simultaneously supporting some of its candidates.

Elaine Paul Schaefer, the Democratic candidate in the township’s Fourth Ward race, said that the agenda of the party “is and should be to get Democrats elected and move forward in a new, positive era in Radnor Township... And the way you effect change is to get into leadership positions.”

Schaefer also noted that many young voters today are more loyal to particular issues than to one party.

“This is not national politics where there are two sides of the aisle... It shouldn’t be and I believe it is for most people,” she said of local government.

Chip Layfield, a Wayne resident and Democratic activist who has run many local campaigns, said that his hope “is in the values in our masthead.”

“Campaigns come and go, candidates come and go, but the committee endures,” he said. “Standing on principles sometimes even trumps getting Democrats elected.”

As for the future of the Democratic Party in Radnor, Bikin, who has chaired it for nearly seven years, said, “Given the dynamics of politics and the way people move and registrations change, things are moving forward – perhaps in not a straight a line that I would appreciate. But hey, that’s life.”

seriously - elaine paul schaefer is a joke. i still cant believe that, in the midst of a very competitive campaign, and in the middle of very significant democratic party fracas, she would spew this nugget out of her gullet -

Elaine Paul Schaefer, the Democratic candidate in the township’s Fourth Ward race, said that the agenda of the party “is and should be to get Democrats elected and move forward in a new, positive era in Radnor Township... And the way you effect change is to get into leadership positions.”

Schaefer also noted that many young voters today are more loyal to particular issues than to one party.

“This is not national politics where there are two sides of the aisle... It shouldn’t be and I believe it is for most people,” she said of local government.

i had been half-kdding when i previously compared schaefer with miss teen south carolina, but now, i think schaefer has entered uncharted dumbness territory. she really thinks that the only way to 'effect change' is 'to get into leadership positions'? i think a few bloggers on here might have a few things to say about that.

also, i think its pretty stupid for schaefer (who hugged dave bashore at his termination hearing) to claim that the agenda of the radnor democratic party is to just get democrats elected. thats a real nice agenda. thats really a great way to pitch your brand to the public - 'hi voters, we are radnor democrats. our agenda is to make sure democratic politicians get elected. thats why we keep endorsing bill spingler every four years, and why we keep endorsing brucie rapoport.'

thankfully, in the midst of the swirling fog that makes up elaine paul schaefers brain, chip layfield put forward a very reasonable and smart quotation -

Chip Layfield, a Wayne resident and Democratic activist who has run many local campaigns, said that his hope “is in the values in our masthead.”

“Campaigns come and go, candidates come and go, but the committee endures,” he said. “Standing on principles sometimes even trumps getting Democrats elected.”

there, ladies and gentleman, is the difference between a greedy politician ('support me, elect me, make me your leader, its all about me!') and an advocate ('remember the values in our masthead').

also, i dont want to pass up the opportunity to publish the latest elitist, craptastic letter published on behalf of the smoldering shambles that is the schaefer campaign -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2009/09/09/main_line_suburban_life/opinion/doc4aa7cdc530d67204361973.txt

Supporting Schaefer

To the Editor:

We have lived in Radnor Township for nearly 20 years and would hardly call ourselves politically active. In fact, until a couple years ago we had never attended a school-board or township-commissioner meeting. We had watched occasional meetings on television and were amazed at the passionate yet outrageous behavior of some of those in the audience and on the boards. Recent events and continued outrageous behavior have drawn unfavorable attention to the township on numerous occasions. We think we’d all like to say we have seen the last of that sort of attention.

We can’t vouch for the likely behavior and inherent character of all the incumbents and candidates for commissioner, but we can vouch for and heartily endorse Elaine Paul Schaefer. We have known Elaine for a decade and she continually impresses us as a forthright, intelligent and dedicated professional. She’s a caring mother who’s a natural leader. She will bring her dignity and class to the Board of Commissioners and immediately make a significant positive impact on the leadership of our community. Please join us in supporting Elaine for Township Commissioner.

Marty and Regina Connor, Radnor

oh, those terrible, passionate speakers at radnors meetings - why wont they all go away so that life can return to normal in stepford, where no one questions, no one complains, and the conservancy, oops - i mean the commissioners, can go about their business behind closed doors?!?

please god, let elaine paul schaefer get elected, so that she can make bill spingler our president, and the public and the press can be kept completely in the dark, just like a bunch of mushrooms - and not the delicious type that will probably be sold in the future, illegally (along with chicken, eggs, and beef) at the willows cottage.

sure, our property taxes will go up over 30 percent, and the scott family will get 20 million dollars, but its a small price to pay to have the wonderful elaine paul schaefer serving herself - oops, I mean us, on the radnor board of commissioners!

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I still can't figure out what Elaine Paul Schaefer is trying to say, so I can't imagine how tough it was for poor Sam Strike, who was tasked with trying to make heads or tails out Schaefer's quote.

Seriously, WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS MEAN -

“This is not national politics where there are two sides of the aisle... It shouldn’t be and I believe it is for most people,” she said of local government.

I can only guess that Schaefer is trying to appeal to party loyalists, and in the exact same sentence, attempting to call for bipartisanship while, in the same sentence, trying to act like a populist. I imagine that when Schaefer orders a sandwich (no offense to the blogger ChickenSandwich) it goes something like this:

'Uh, yes, I would like a roast beef sandwich without any ice cream, and could you please make sure to put extra mustard on it, because I love ketchup.'

Also, Schaefer really needs to get smarter authors to pen her letters to the editor - the last few supporting her (and her beloved Radnor Conservancy) have been terrible.

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Also, Schaefer really needs to get smarter authors to pen her letters to the editor - the last few supporting her (and her beloved Radnor Conservancy) have been terrible.

ditto for the recent letters that supported the radnor conservancy.

and your analysis of schaefers anguished sentence is spot on - it reminds me of sarah palins rambling 'putin rears his head' interview with katie couric.

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and your analysis of schaefers anguished sentence is spot on - it reminds me of sarah palins rambling 'putin rears his head' interview with katie couric.

Oh, that's a GOOD analogy, Sandwich! I forgot all about that interview - or maybe I just made myself forget that interview - it kinda blends together with the Tina Fey satire of Palin.

Are there any videos of Elaine Paul Schaefer being interviewed? Anybody who has read this website knows that she doesn't come across very well in newspaper interviews. I'm dying to see how Schaefer does in a video interview - especially after seeing her horrendous speech on behalf of the Conservancy at the last Board of Commissioners meeting!

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You guys are making me laugh so hard I almost couldn't click the "promoted to front page" checkbox. Sticking out tongue

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awesome - thanks doug!

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Elaine Paul Schaefer seems to never fail to reach new heights (depths?) on the doofus meter.

Lately, Schaefer has been taking a lot of heat over the fact that she had a C.F.O of Toll Brothers publicly endorse her - but as seriously problematic as THAT issue is, check out THIS photo taken from Schaefer's campaign rally today, that Schaefer put on her official campaign website ( http://www.radnorward4.com/index.html ) -

Anybody out there think that a candidate MIGHT be in trouble if she is forced to wear not one, but TWO nametags telling people who she is - AT HER OWN RALLY!?!

Yikes!

And not only that, one of Schaefer's prominently visible nametags is of the 'Hello My Name Is' variety, which is filled out in magic marker!!

Double Yikes!

And then, Schaefer takes that photograph and puts it on the FRONT PAGE of her CAMPAIGN WEBSITE!?!?

TRIPLE YIKES!!! Yerrrrr out, Schaefer!

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I would be more concerned about someone who posts a photo of themselves with uncorrected glare/red eye LOL...and I did a drive by at the end of the thing, and they all had double name tags. Did not see her but saw a couple others in the flesh for the first time including Brucie Rappaport. My guess is she knew exactly who I was but didn't say hi, so neither did I. She looked at me though. Met a couple cute as anything older ladies from Garrett Hill (there are some cool seniors in Radnor Twp - one of my other faves is a lady from I think who is from West Wayne named Lucy)...I missed all the speechifying and Greg Vitale...saw Daylin, though. I have been told that Censorship Jim Higgins is on a leash now though...heard talk of that Ernie accepting the interim for the 5th if asked....he might be that Cuff guy all over again, huh?

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heard talk of that Ernie accepting the interim for the 5th if asked....he might be that Cuff guy all over again, huh?

Yup could be, there are some major differences though.

I am still hopeful that the appointment will be of "caretaker" who will not run for the seat. I have not heard if the GOP has decided whether to put up a caretaker or not.

Cuff sought the seat for advantage in the special election, just as Lisa and now Nagle have done. Fisher publicly said prior to the appointment that he did not want to be given the seat. He said that he would make his case to the 7th Ward voters instead. He did so and won.

I am not aware of any Dems ever going hat in hand to the Commissioners looking for a appointment to the BOC. I suppose it speaks to Nagle's sense of entitlement and chumminess with the current board.

Heck, Nagle is breaking new ground for Dems by following in Lisa's footsteps.

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wow - that is certainly not the most flattering of pictures.

even aside from the multiple name tags, and the demonic red eyes, it really looks like elaine paul schaefer is picking her nose with the microphone.

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even aside from the multiple name tags, and the demonic red eyes, it really looks like elaine paul schaefer is picking her nose with the microphone.

Hmmm. Let me take another look -

Oh, that is a VERY unfortunate camera angle. Hopefully Schaefer didn't trip while she was speaking - can you imagine the conversation at the emergency room?

E.R. Doctor: My goodness - it appears that you have a microphone lodged up your nose!

Elaine Schaefer: NAS NAUGHT NIE NEEN NRYING NOO NELL NEW!!

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Go ahead and criticize Ms Schaefer's policy positions; that's your right. But, this is just inane. Her eyes reacted to a camera flash? The microphone is too high? She has on two different nametags? (as Carla noticed, most of the candidates at this event did, too -- their printed, campaign tag and the handwritten one for the rally). There's no substance here. It makes a person question the validity of everything else you write.

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There's no substance here. It makes a person question the validity of everything else you write.

Oh 'thedogatemyhomework' - you're so right.

I'm such a creep. I'm such a shmuck. The 'validity of everything else I write' should be questioned.

I guess in your eyes, I'm just like this person who wrote the following note on the Main Line Suburban Life -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2009/07/08/main_line_suburban_life/opinion/doc4a53e5acc72a6130876455.txt

thedogatemyhomework wrote on Jul 9, 2009 10:57 AM:

"It's a shame this subject wasn't taken on by somebody else. ANYBODY else. Judy Sherry talks and writes so much, you just hear blah blah blah. What an unhappy person. People don't listen to her or anybody else with that last name anymore."

I guess in your world, 'thedogatemyhomework', people are only allowed to mock concerned public advocates like Judy Sherry - but not power-hungry doofuses like Elaine Paul Schaefer - who, by the way, wasn't a victim of an errant camera shot - she CHOSE to put THAT PICTURE on HER CAMPAIGN WEBSITE.

Sit! Stay! Bad dog!!

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you just hear blah blah blah.

Hate to break to you dog, but that whistle you are hearing, so clear, and so true, ain't audible to most of us folk.

Hush puppy, eat some more homework — yum yum.

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WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I am laughing so hard at Chip's dog with the big ol' floppy ears I am crying..............

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Go ahead and criticize Ms Schaefer's policy positions; that's your right. But, this is just inane. Her eyes reacted to a camera flash? The microphone is too high? She has on two different nametags? (as Carla noticed, most of the candidates at this event did, too -- their printed, campaign tag and the handwritten one for the rally). There's no substance here. It makes a person question the validity of everything else you write.

hey dawg - i really dont think you have a leg (let alone four legs) to stand on.

first of all, schaefer has almost no policy positions. the woman is a complete blank slate. i dont know if she could capably articulate a pro 'hot apple pies cooling on a windowsill' platform. schaefer sees no problem with being publicly endorsed by the c.f.o of toll brothers (despite her claim to be pro-preservation), and she had no problem publicly cuddling (captured by a phtoographer) by ex-township manager dave bashore - at his termination hearing!

just check out schaefers comments to sam strike in last weeks main line suburban life, as they really give a flavor as to what this woman is all about -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2009/09/09/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4aa6f08027198999894494.txt

Elaine Paul Schaefer, the Democratic candidate in the township’s Fourth Ward race, said that the agenda of the party “is and should be to get Democrats elected and move forward in a new, positive era in Radnor Township... And the way you effect change is to get into leadership positions.”

Schaefer also noted that many young voters today are more loyal to particular issues than to one party.

“This is not national politics where there are two sides of the aisle... It shouldn’t be and I believe it is for most people,” she said of local government.

when you are dealing with a person like schaefer who cant even give a straight two sentence answer to the most gentle of questions, you cant really expect them to take strong stances on any issue. bloggers have pointed that out repeatedly about schaefer on this site.

so now, when a new photo of schaefer pops up on her campaign website, people rib her a bit for how she comes across - beady red eyes, multiple nametags (despite t, and a microphone that almost looks like its about to be shoved up her nose. it just looks very amateurish, unfocused, disorganized and problematic - adjectives that could be used to describe schaefers entire campaign in general.

and for that, you are going to honestly 'question the validity of everything else'? whatever.

by the way, dawg, i think your comments about judy sherry are idiotic - to use your brilliant prose, 'it makes a chicken sandwich question the validity of everything else you write.'

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When Judy Sherry takes the podium, you can hear groans across the township because even if she has a good point, her address is bound to be unnecessarily long, drawn out, boring and accusatory. I stand by that statement. I agree with your comment that Ms Schaefer's quotes do contradict each other: that's a valid criticism of a candidate. Teasing her because her eyes look odd, the mike is angled funny and she's double name tagged is not. And, my ears are not floppy like your cartoon shows.

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Dear Dog,
Glad your ears don't require pinning.

However, were we talking about Judy Sherry? Somehow I lost that.

And I have never heard Judy or Christina say something boring, or overly long. They are both very cool women - I have to tell you from what I see they both get 5 star ratings. It's not easy being the trail blazers for open and transparent government. And it's definitesly harder being a woman who does it.

Just my 2 cents.

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When Judy Sherry speaks groans do come about - by the political elite, the commissioners, the local party machines and anyone like "The Dog", who want the government to be able to act without any accountability and to be able to get away with anything it wants - regardless of legality or morality.

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When Judy Sherry speaks groans do come about - by the political elite, the commissioners, the local party machines and anyone like "The Dog", who want the government to be able to act without any accountability and to be able to get away with anything it wants - regardless of legality or morality.

now thats a witty riposte! well done, politeia!

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When Judy Sherry takes the podium, you can hear groans across the township because even if she has a good point, her address is bound to be unnecessarily long, drawn out, boring and accusatory. I stand by that statement.

TDAMH:

I read your recent post, as well as your commentary on the Main Line Suburban Life's website, with great interest.

Rest assured that the complaints you have with my mother, Judy Sherry, as well as other members of my family (including me), are shared by many other people in Radnor Township...including the groups mentioned by Politeia.

I can only respond to your accusations and characterizations by stating that you are completely entitled to your opinion. I have every reason to believe that you reached your opinion after objectively viewing multiple presentations put forth by members of my family.

Accordingly, on behalf of my family, I sincerely thank you for setting forth your beliefs in this tremendous public forum.

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