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Do you REALLY want to change the Delaware Legislature? Then pay attention because you REALLY can make it happen by doing the right thing in this year’s governor selection!

August 31, 2008

It is so, so easy to TALK about “change” and “reform”.  Those words are meaningless, however, if that’s all they are; just words.

IN THIS PARTICULAR RACE FOR GOVERNOR YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE REFORM AND IMPROVEMENT HAPPEN; AND THAT’S TO VOTE FOR JACK MARKELL.

THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE SIGN THAT A CANDIDATE IS A REAL REFORMER, IS IF HE OR SHE IS WILLING TO CHALLENGE AND OPPOSE HIS OR HER OWN POLITICAL PARTY….AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT JACK MARKELL HAS BEEN DOING…THE DELAWARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERS, BEGGED, AND EVEN ATTEMPTED TO BRIBE JACK MARKELL NOT TO PIRMARY THEIR SELECTION…JOHN CARNEY.  MARKELL DIDN’T SAY IT THIS WAY, BUT IF I HAD BEEN HIS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, I WOULD HAVE SAID IT THIS WAY…

“GO SCREW YOURSELF, YOU SELFISH, GREEDY POLITICAL HACKS….JACK MARKELL IS GOING TO PRIMARY CARNEY BECAUSE MARKELL LISTENS TO THE PEOPLE OF DELAWARE, NOT THE POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS OF DELAWARE.  JACK MARKELL KNOWS THAT DEMOCRATES IN THE LEGISLATURE HAVE BEEN SCREWING UP LONG ENOUGH, AND HE WANTS TO RETURN, ETHICS AND PRIFICIENCY TO THE DELAWARE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY.”

Think about it….what is the single most often repeated phrase when we speak about the Delaware legislature?  We constantly use phrases like; “We’ve got the get rid of the good-ole-boy network, especially in the majority democratic senate.  We name names like: Thurman Adams/ Harris McDowell/ Tony Deluca/ Patty Blevins/ Nancy Cooke/ Bobby Marshall/ Venables/ etc. etc. etc.; the ineffective self-serving crowd.  Yes, those people, and a few others, have been stopping the good bills from getting to the legislative floor for a vote (like open government, for example).  Those are the people who hide the best bills from the public.  They are the same people who manipulate their self-serviing, hidden agendas to make sure they get what THEY want and not what WE, the people, want:  THEY WANTED EMINENT DOMAIN EVEN THOUGH WE THE PEOPLE, DIDN’T WANT IT. The bad legislators manipulated the vote on the over-ride of Minner’s veto, to make sure eminent domain was supported, instead of being destroyed; as most Delaweans wanted.

WELL, THERE IS A WAY TO DIMINISH THE POWER OF THE REALLY BAD LEGISLATORS…..THE ANSWER IS TO MAKE SURE THAT JACK MARKELL IS OUR NEXT GOVERNOR AND NOT JOHN CARNEY.

Here is the resonaing……all those bad guys and gals mentioned above thoroughly support John Carney…why, BECAUSE IF HE WINS, YOU CAN BE SURE THE OLD WAYS WILL STAY IN PLACE. There will be NO CHANGE in the legislature if Carney is governor.  The vaste majority of bad guys and bad ladies in the Senate and in the House of Representatives are supporting Carney. What does that tell you?  

JACK MARKELL IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR REFORM AND IMPROVEMENT.  Take note…..It is generally accepted that  the two best legislators in Dover are SENATOR KAREN PETERSON AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE PETE SCHWARTZKOPF.  Karen and Pete sponsor and vote for the best legislation that comes out of Delaware.  They do not cave in to the political pressure by the party leaders.  They are in the minority by supporting Markell against Carney…that is,  THEY ARE PART OF THE 5% OF THE STATE LEGISLATORS WHO SUPPORT JACK MARKELL.  THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT JACK WILL DO WHAT WE WANT, AND NOT WHAT THE PARTY MAY WANT, IF IT CONFLICTS WITH OUR NEEDS. HERE IS WHY AND HOW MARKELL CAN OVER-RIDE WHAT BAD DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS DO.  Keep in mind that those bad guys and bad ladies mentioned above do not support Jack Markell. That means that since they do not support MARKELL, HE OWES THEM NOTHING.  That means that Markell will make it very  difficult for the bad guys to continue their self-serving antics.  He will have won the election without their help, in fact, they wanted to hurt him…so, Jack will make sure they don’t get to exercise their under-handed wheeling and dealing.  Trust me.

MAYBE WE CAN’T STOP ADAMS, McDOWELL, BLEVINS, DELUCA, VENABLES,  MARSHALL, AND COOKE FROM GETTING RE-ELECTED; BUT WE SURE AS HELL CAN REDUCE THEIR POWER, AND REDUCE THEIR ABILITY TO CONTROL THE LEGISLATURE.  GOVERNORS HAVE THE POWER TO CURB AND DECREASE WHAT BAD LEGISLATORS CAN GET AWAY WITH. 

JACK MARKELL WILL CHANGE THINGS, ONCE HE IS GOVERNOR—BUT HE CANNOT BECOME GOVERNOR WITHOUT YOU.

WOULDN’T YOU JUST LOVE TO HAVE A STATE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONING  WITH THE SAME ETHICS, AND WITH THE SAME IDEALS AND PRINCIPLES AS KAREN PETERSON AND PETE SCHWARTZKOPF?  Well,YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN BY VOTING FOR JACK MARKELL, WHO IS JUST LIKE PETERSON AND SWARTZKOPH. 

What do you think?

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OPEN LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT-TO-BE, YOU DESERVE IT, AND NOW BE A STAND-UP MAN AND DO THE RIGHT THING REGARDING US ATTORNEY COLM CONNOLLY

August 30, 2008

Dear Senator and Vice President to be, Joe Biden,

  Like so many other Delawareans, I love the idea that your dedication and expertise in so many areas will now be recognized, and will be beneficial to the entire country, and even the world….BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO RIGTH A WRONG HERE IN DELAWARE. IGNORE ALL THE POLITICAL IN-FIGHTING AND THE POTENTIAL SUSPICION  THAT YOU ARE PROTECTING, AND/OR, ADVANCING YOUR SON BEAU’S OWN POLITICAL CAREER, OR THAT YOU ARE JUST BEING MEAN-SPIRITED ABOUT NOT WANTING TO GIVE COLM CONNOLLY,WHAT HE DESERVES….HE DOES DESERVE THE FEDERAL JUDGESHIP APPOINTMENT…WE ALL KNOW THAT, AND SO DO YOU.

Most of us here in Delaware have heard all kinds of reasons why you have not already recommended Colm Connolly for the position.   COME ON, JOE.    GIVE IT UP, GET OVER IT…WHATEVER THE REASON MAY BE.  Some say you are “getting even” with him for prosecuting some of your close friends (Mike Hawkins, for instance); others are saying that you might be afraid that he will out-shine your son Beau.  Some say that you just won’t appoint a Republican….I don’t know what the motivations may be…BUT LET’S PUT IT ALL TO REST…AND JUST DO THE RIGHT THING.

Colm Connolly has the respect and appreciation of almost all of Delaware for the positive things he has accomplished as a true representative of law and order professionalism.  HE DOES HIS JOB AND HE DOES IT WELL…..

PLEASE, SENATOR, SHOW US ALL, AND SHOW THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, THAT VICE PRESIDENT TO BE, JOE BIDEN, CAN OVERCOME PETTY POLITICS AND/OR, PERSONAL ANIMOSITY. PLEASE GIVE THIS STATE THE BEST POSSIBLE CHOICE FOR A FEDERAL JUDGESHIP …..U.S. ATTORNEY COLM CONNOLLY.

Sincere best wishes for all you future endeavors on behalf of the country and on behalf of the State of Delaware.

Gerry Fulcher

IS McCAIN FREAKIN’ KIDDIN’ WHAT AN INSULT THE ALL WOMEN AND TO AMERICA IN GENERAL

August 29, 2008

If I were a woman, I would be really pissed off right about now….is McCain so stupid and so  insulting to women by assuming that just because he picks an attractive female, that he is going to win-over women who backed Hillary, and women in general, are going to come running to vote for him, and his 18 month experienced cutie, who runs a state with a population less than that of New Castle County?   Show me one women who will flock to McCain and his eye candy sidekick, and I’ll show you a woman whose vote you wouldn’t want anyway.  What an outragious insult to the intelligence of all women,  to use a pretty face and a great pair of gams, to gather a few thousand votes….

Now let’s talk “heartbeat away from the presidency” 

Hummm, let’s see now,  Joe Biden’s ability to actually do the job of being president vs Cutie pie’s ability to become president, (should some tragedy call for it)…..HA, HA, HA, HA   You’ve got to be kidding, right, Johnny Mack? 

Let’s look at her Presidential-like decision-making record to date………the last thing she has done is to fire her former brother-in-law from the state police, because he had the nerve to actually file for custody of his own children.  She probably did it to make him unqualified to have the kids, because he doesn’t have a steady job….THANKS TO HER…GOOD MOVE VP-BABE!

I’m starting to think that the sad experience of a vietnam prison stay has done a lot more damage to McCain, than we thought it did.

JUST WHEN YOU THINK THE CANDIDATES COULDN’T DO  ANY WORSE THAN THEY ALREADY DID, McCAIN PROVEs US WRONG BY BECOMING  EVEN MORE STUPID THAN ANY OF US COULD HAVE IMAGINED.  Be sure to let me know how it all works for you, Johnny Mack.

  

OK, LET’T GET BACK TO FIXING THIS STATE, OUR BEST MOVE WOULD BE AN INSPECTOR GENERAL

August 28, 2008

Hopefully you did not forget all the information about the benefits of having an office of INSPECTOR GENERAL here in DelawareAbout 30 states have one. I’ve spoken to a number of them….they work well, VERY VERY WELL. 

Their job description is very simple…THEY INVESTIGATE WASTE, FRAUD AND CURRUPTION OF ALL KINDS WHICH EXISTS IN STATE GOVERNMENT, AND/OR WITHIN ANY OTHER ENTITY WHICH MAY BE INVOVED IN GOVERNMENTAL WASTE FRAUD AND CORRUPTION; LIKE LOBBYISTS, BUSINESSES, ETC.

They don’t wait for tips to come in from some  hot line.  They don’t wait until a crime has already been committed.  THEY GO OUT AND SEEK WHERE WASTE, FRAUD AND CORRUPTION COULD POSSIBLY EXIST AND THEN THEY INVESTIGATE THE OPERATIONS AND ATTACK IT BEFORE IT CAUSES REAL PROBLEMS.   INSPECTOR GENERALS  are literally the watchdog of state agencies and state personnel and even elected officials.  Recently one of their investigations  in Pennsylvania resulted in 8 state legislative aides and 3 elected officialS being taken of the state capital in a handcuffed “perp walk” for booking and arraignment.  NOW THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT. 

INSPECTOR GENERALS wake up in the morning and say; “Ok, where do I look today for waste fraud and corruption”. Don’t tell me that wouldn’t work here in Delaware….EVERY SINGLE SCANDAL WE HAVE HAD COULD HAVE BEEN DETECTED AND PRVENTED AND/OR SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTRED  IF WE HAD HAD AN INSPECTOR GENERAL IN DELAWARE:  THE PRISION SCANDAL/ RED CLAY SCHOOL DISTRICT GIVING A NO BID $260,000 CONTRACT TO A VERY QUESTIONABLE COMPANY WITHOUT PROPER PAPERWORK, WITHOUT GOING THROUGH A BIDDING PROCESS/ THE MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT SCANDAL/ THE FINANCE DEPARMENT’S MILLION DOLLAR THEFT/ SERIOUS ALLEGATION OF POLICE MISDEEDS, AND EVEN POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY…..AND SO ON, AND SO ON, AND SO ON.

Try this example—-I read the Red Clay School district State Auditor’s report to three of my new Inspector General colleagues.  After I finished readng it, they all said….”Where is the mention of the indictment.”  When I told them that there was no indictment, they were amazed.  One of them said, “If that happened in my state, some one from the school district would be in prison and some one from the company which got the contract would be in prison by now”.   BUT NOT IN DELAWARE….NO ONE IS WATCHING THE SYSTEM, NO ONE FOLLOWS UP ON SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS, OTHER THAN WRITING REPORTS AND TELLing THE PEOPLE INVOLVED NOT TO DO IT AGAIN.  No one pays the price for misdeeds or,  even serious crimes in our state government.

GUESS WHO HATES THE IDEA OF AN INSPECTOR GENERAL POSITION IN DELAWARE?  Your friendly complacent State Auditor, and your virtually ineffective Attorney General’s office.  Are you surprised?  I’ll bet not.  You have to undestand how the Inspector General’s function would effectively force out Attorney General’s function: 1. They investigate suspcions.  2. When waste fraud and/or corruuption exists, they prepare iron clad cases and present it all to the Attorney General.  With such iron clad proof, the Attorney Generals in their states cannot opt to drop cases.  They are forced to actually prosecute such cases because the proof and evidence in presented on a silsver platter which they would be afraid NOT to prosecute. INSPECTOR GENERALS WHOM  I HAVE SPOKEN TO SAID THAT MORE THAN 98% OF THE CASES THEY BRING TO THE THEIR ATTORNEY GENERALS ARE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED, BECAUSE THE CASES ARE SO WELL PREPARED THAT THEY WOULDN’T DARE NOT PROSECUTE THEM. 

State Auditors and Attorney Generals don’t have the option of prosecuting or noT….if they did fail to prosecute…you can be sure that the next investigation by the Inspector General would be investigating the State Auditor and/or Attorney Generals office which would choose not to prosecute the iron clad case brought to them by the Inspector General.

The very existance of an Office of Inspector General would be a crime preventive measure.  Most governmental waste fraud and corruption is committed because state personnel know that in Delaware there is no really effective watch dog.  The creation of an Inspector General’s office would literally scare prople into not breaking the law.  One New Jersey Inspector general discovered, investigated and arrested people in a 15 million dollar scam  regarding a school building project, BEFORE THE CRIME ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. That’s right; the Inspector General prevented the crime and arrested those who were planning it.  There are hundreds and hundreds of cases just like the one in New Jersey.  Most of the waste fraud and corruption discovered and prosecuted in Louisiana regarding the Katrina funding was discovered by the IG and charges were filed by their Inspector General….I spoke to the Louisiana female IG who handled the cases.

IT’S UP TO YOU!  PUSH THIS ISSUE WITH YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND YOUR STATE SENATOR…TELL THEM THAT YOUR VOTE DEPENDS ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL VOTE FOR THE POSITION OF INSPECTOR GENERAL.  If it doesn’t happen, it YOUR fault for not pushing hard enough.

So, what are you going to do?   Let me know….

Ok! LET’S HEAR YOUR PERSONAL BIDEN STORY, GOOD OR BAD….I’LL START OFF WITH MINE, AND ONE MY FAMILY MEMBER HAD

August 23, 2008

Delaware is small enough and close enough that we get to see, hear, and actually talk to people like our own United States Senator…..BUT HOW MANY OF US GET PICKED UP BY OUR SENATOR ON A COLD FEBRUARY SATURDAY WINTER MORNING AND GET DRIVEN 10 MILIES OUT OF HIS WAY?  I HAD THAT EXPERIENCE.

Between my arrival in Delaware in September of 1976 to be criminal justice department chairman at Wilmington and the present time, I got to meet Joe Biden many times:: at functions,  while he was ringing the salvation army bell on 9th and market street at christmas time, while attending meetings, during campaign gatherings, etc. etc. etc. etc.  BUT I REMEMBER THE CAR RIDE MOST OF ALL.

He first knew my madman reputation with my little weekly ragsheet “views” paper, which was distributed thoughout downtown Wilmington.  He also knew me from the legalized gambling media battles I was involved with in the newspaper almost every day in the late seventies/early eighties.

My my main hour to so meeting was on a very, very cold Saturday morning. It was after his run for president and after his aneurism health issue.  I had just left Widener Law School Library where I was writing a freelance article for Industry Week Magazine.   I was waiting for a bus on concord pike directly across from the main entrance to the Widener campus.   If you know the corner, it is totally unprotected from wind and cold…no cover at all.  The traffic light turned green for those leaving the campus parking lot.  I saw this SUV come from the lot, but instead of making a hard left on to concord pike heading toward Wilmington, the SUV keeps coming right toward me. It goes  across 3 lanes, and makes a sharp left at the curb a few fee from me—the window goes down, and Senator Biden’s head pop out. 

I’ve told the story several times to some friends, and I think I told it on the air once when I was on that radio station which shall remain nameles.

For some reason I remember virtually every word of my  conversation with VP candidate Joseph Biden..

“Where you headed, Gerry”.   I shouted back,  “Claymont to sell advertising for my paper.”  “Get in, I’ll take you”.  I ran, I got in, and  man; was that SUV heater a welcomed sensation. 

“Thanks Senator, I appreciate this.  I just need a ride into town to catch the number 1 bus up to Calymont” 

“No, don’t worry, I’ll take you to Claymont.  It’s too cold to wait for a bus”. I don’t have to be home for a while. But if you don’t mind, I just have to stop at fairfax shopping center to pick up some flowers for my wife.

Here the guy recues me from bitter winter winds, and he is about to drive me about 10 miles in the exact opposite direction way from  where he was headed….and yet, he asked me “if I mind” waiting for him to pick up flowers for his wife.  What a guy!

We started talking…..”You, know Senator, it’s too bad about having to drop out of the presidential campaign race because of what I think was just an understandable mistake that was no big deal”.   I was referring to the accusation of him committing plagiarism in a speech.  “I thought you do you had a good chance to win”, I said.   Of course, I was lying, but what do you say to a guy is driving you ten miles out of his way just to keep you warm?

His shocking reply was;  “It was probably the best thing that happened to me, because if that aneurism came during the presidential campagin, who knows how things would have turned out.”  He had a point.

I went back to the plagiarism topic…I’ve never been a diplomat.  “You know Senator, I don’t where I heard it, or read it, but some one said, ‘Whenever a public figure makes a mistake, he should tell the truth, do it right away, and do it himself’; otherwise it gets dragged out, twisted, inflated etc.”

Biden replied “That’s good advice, I’ll have to remember that”.  Now with this VP gig, he may have to put that into practice some times….let’s face it, Joe is known for speaking his mind…and any one who speaks his mind all the time, is going to have some problems…who knows that better than me.

We then engaged in some small talk for the rest of the ride, including an incident involving his wife and one my kids, and his wife.  Jill Biden taught my oldest son, Joey, english and Brandywine High School.   He really liked her, and he was one of her favorite students, she admitted.  She called our home and to tell us that Joey has been named captain of the cross country team.  My wife replied, “Well, that’s interesting, because he won’t even be able to be on the cross country team since he got an “F”.  Mrs. Biden said, “In what subject?”  My wife said, “In your class, english”.  “No he didn’t.  He got an A.  Let me get back to you”.

Mrs. Biden called back.. “He got an A, but I filled in the wrong bubble on the marking sheet, so, on paper he got an F”, but he really got an A. I’ll fix it”.  From that day on, Mrs. Biden always sent a little note home with Joey’s reportcard, stating what his mark was,  just so that kind of mistake would never happen again.  She was a great teacher according to my kids.

Joe Biden didn’t know that his wife taught my son, until that car ride, on that freezing cold winter morning.  At any rate, Senator Biden dropped me off in Claymont.  I got so cold for the rest of the day, that I regretting not asking the good Senator  if would have minded waiting for me for a couple of hours while I tried to sell advertising for my little paper…but that would have been pushing things a little too far, don’t you think?

WELL…THAT’S MY FULCHER/BIDEN CONNECTION…..DO YOU HAVE ANY INCIDENT WITH OUR VICE PRESENIDENT TO BE?  WOULD YOU  LIKE TO SHARE?  FEEL FREE, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT.

WATCH FOR THIS SCENARIO IF JOE B. GETS VP GIG

August 22, 2008

Behind the scenes plans are in the making.  Watch for this plan to be worked out if Daddy Joe, gets to be a heartbeat away from top dog.  Minner will appoint Carl Schnee to replace Big Joe as an interim replacement….he will get to hang out in DC for a while, and the Little Baby Beau will run, and win it of course.  He will stay there long enough to see Daddy pass one, as we all must, and then Beau will run for the Prez position.  I will live long enough to see the first part of this script, but I will have returned to the dust from whence I came before I have to endure a President Beau term…..Delaware is about to get on the map for about 30 years or so……if I’m wrong about all this, I’m sure you’ll tell me.