Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Will they let Gene Stilp in the state Capitol?

Gene Stilp, a citizen activist who has been a thorn in the side of Pennsylvania's political class for years, is interested in joining the Pennsylvania Legislature.

According to The Harrisburg Patriot-News, Stilp is circulating petitions to run against incumbent Republican state Rep. Sue Helm, who has represented the 104th House District since 2006.

Stilp made an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in 2006. The rest of his time has been spent exposing politicians for ethical violations and excessive spending.

Stilp has received notoriety by bringing a giant inflatable pink pig to various rallies across the state.

He also served a "citizen indictment" against House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, who is embroiled in the "Bonusgate" scandal.

"Hopefully, I can serve the people of the 104th and represent them and what they want done at the Capitol," Stilp told the newspaper.

I bet at least 200 members of the Pennsylvania Legislature have a bulls-eye target in their office with Stilp's face in the middle. If he wins, will he be allowed in the Capitol? Think about all the publicity Stilp has generated on behalf of the reform movement over the past few years. Imagine the trouble Stilp can cause from inside Pennsylvania government.

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