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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gilliland: John Hanger Quits / Cash $$ Rules Campaigns

John Hanger's campaign for governor crashes against the reality that cash rules campaigns

By Donald Gilliland | dgilliland@pennlive.com
Penn Live.com
John Hanger announced he was withdrawing from the Democratic Governor's race Thursday morning.

Many called it a fool's gambit from the beginning, and they were right, but not for the reason they thought.

It wasn't Hanger's platform to legalize marijuana that killed his candidacy; it was his lack of cash.

Hanger's hope that he could run a bare-bones, grass-roots guerrilla campaign that could fly under the "air war" of higher-profile candidates attacking one another in expensive television ads and attain a primary win based on the peculiar electoral math of a seven-candidate race and broad-based support for changing marijuana laws was - in the end - dashed against the hard reality that it's cash, not candidates, that wins campaigns.  Wolfe campaign surged...

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

huh so money talks and bull poop walks.. too bad couldn't' run on merit I take it.. put yourself on the ballot and see what you get? chicken..

Anonymous said...

Another example where in today's society greed, lack of morals and money trump compassion and the welfare of people over corporations.

Anonymous said...

MONEY RULES THE WHOLE WORLD TODAY FOLKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Money is your God.

You can tell yourself otherwise all you want.

Anonymous said...

There's no use voting. In a REAL democracy, ANYONE could run for office. In OUR society only the rich and corrupt are able to compete. WHY vote? It's a lose-lose situation. Good guys don't have a snowballs chance in hell.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps he couldn't raise any money precisely because of his position on legalizing pot.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I were going to vote for him! Now I don't know what we're going to do. This is a very sad day for the state of Pennsylvania and the future for us all.

Anonymous said...


Exits another Marxist/Socialist democrat.

Now the big bad candidate Wolf wants to limit other peoples' campaign donations to $5000, yet he donated 10 MILLION DOLLARS to his own campaign!!!!

Trying to BUY YOUR VOTE???!!!

Anonymous said...

@6:44. First you complain about socialist. Then you complain about the rich having too much power You obvious have no idea what the words you type actually mean.

Rich but NOT corrupt said...

Hey 5:06, Please define rich and corrupt. If you are "rich", you are "corrupt"?, If you are "corrupt" you are "rich"? Actually, Please define "rich", owning 2 singlewide trailers rather than 1? 1 Doublewide with a redwood deck? Holding more than 5 cartons of cigarettes? ..just curious..If you are in office and "rich", then you are corrupt? Sounds silly, doesn't it

Anonymous said...

5:10 To bad over half of the state in most every poll favored legalization. So I would say that one stance of his, was not the reason for his withdrawl. Just heard on the radio today that Colorado's Marijuana Industry by itself, is on track to cut the states unemployment rate in half. With people working in the green houses, fields, stores and warehouses. It would be such a shame if Pennsylvania would do the same. (Sarcasm)

Anonymous said...

I agree with 5:06. Zero sense in voting. No real differences between the two parties once they're in office.

Anonymous said...

7:36, I agree. Your post sounds very silly.

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Anonymous said...

Yes, 7:36 YOUR post is silly. Sure a FEW people become rich, honestly. The majority derive their riches from dishonest & corrupt means. That is common knowledge. Whatever, you mean by double wide trailers & cigarettes, I'm not sure.

Anonymous said...

If you want the definition of "rich & corrupt" just take Corbett as an example. No further explanation is needed.

Anonymous said...

The question that nobody is asking; why are the Republicans going to nominate Tom Corbett to run for another term? Not even the staunchest Republicans can seriously say he is a good governor, get someone else to run against Mr. Wolf and it might be a closer race. -A Potter County Republican