Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reformer seeks rematch against Rep. Seip

The Reading Eagle is reporting that Gary L. Hornberger is planning to challenge freshman Rep. Tim Seip for the 125th state House seat in Schuylkill and Berks counties.

Seip defeated Hornberger in 2006, but like so many members of the freshman class in the Legislature, Seip has accomplished little during his time in Harrisburg.

Hornberger believes he's the man to lead the fight for reform and property tax relief.

Those were the same issues Hornberger championed in 2006. Those are the issues where Seip is most vulnerable.

"People are not looking for property taxes to be reduced; they're looking for them to be eliminated," Hornberger told reporter Mary Young. "That would be my goal. We've got to find a better way to pay for public education."

Hornberger also criticized Seip for not delivering more open and accountable government, the newspaper reports.

"We need to have legislators who obey the state constitution," Hornberger told the newspaper. "The constitution says they're supposed to receive a salary and mileage reimbursement. That's all I'll take if I'm elected. No pension, no vehicle, no per diems."

Hornberger also told Young he will call for an independent audit of all legislative spending.

For more on "Citizen" Gary Hornberger, visit his Web site at

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