Election 2012: How Simmons, Deely Endorsements Stack Up

As the campaign comes to a close, Patch takes a look at candidate endorsements for the 131st Congressional district race.

With the election less than three weeks away, candidates are collecting and promoting endorsements from different organizations. We've rounded up the current endorsements for both Rep. Justin Simmons and Democratic challenger Kevin Deely. Here's how they stack up:

Rep. Justin Simmons (R-131)

  • Express Times
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • PEG PAC PA Business Counsil
  • PA Realtors Association
  • Lehigh Valley Realtors Assoc.
  • Lehigh Valley Builders Assoc
  • Associated Builders & Contractors Eastern PA
  • FARMER -PA Farm Bureau PAC
  • PA Chamber of Commerce
  • NRA National Rifle Association
  • PA State Troopers Assoc
  • Queen City Fraternal Order of Police
  • Le-Hampton Lodge 35 Fraternal Order of Police
  • Joeseph J. Haggerty Lodge 40 Fraternal Order of Police
  • PA Pro-Life Federation
  • Citizens Alliance PA
  • Humane PA- The Humane Society of PA PAC 

Kevin Deely

  • Equality PA
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sierra Club
  • Conservation Voters PA
  • Clear Water Action
  • APSCUF: Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties
  • PSEA
  • Education Voters PA
  • SEIU
  • UAW

What do you think of the candidate endorsements? Tell us in the comments below! 

Tanya Bryant October 17, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Looks like Mr. Simmons is endorsed by taxpayers and job creators Mr. Deely is endorsed by tax takers and job destroyers. As a taxpayer seems like a pretty simple choice. Simmons.
John Fox October 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I think I will take the guy who is endorsed by our small businesses, business organizations, the largest sector of PA's economy (farming), and those who keep us, and our furry friends, safe. For me the NRA endorsement helps a lot too. I mean sure, it must feel great to Mr. Deely to have the support of his fellow public sector union buddies: PSEA, SEIU, and AFCSME. But honestly I don't see ONE endorsement there that isn't an "automatic" for far left candidates. He couldn't even get the Express Times endorsement? THAT is pretty bad. When I first heard that the ET was doing endorsements I thought for sure that was an automatic for Mr. Deely. To my surprise however they said that he was a one trick pony, and that Mr Simmons was the only candidate with a strong grasp of the issues and determination to protect taxpayers. I for one will take the side of our small businesses and job creators over the public sector unions every time.
Mary Anne Looby October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Rep Simmons is endorsed by a variety of organizations. Mr. Deely seems to be endorsed by his fellow teachers and unions. While I support Equaliy, clean water and the Sierra club, I don't see really see anything else on Mr. Deely's list that will helpl the people of this area.
Robert Sentner October 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
That should be the the last nail in the coffin. In a world where people are sick and tired of union's, an endorsement by all of the major unions should end it for Deely.
optimist October 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Missing from Justin's endorsements are the following: - Governor Corbett who has a fracking friend in Simmons - The national war on women - Those that want to privatize public education for profit - The Lehigh Valley Tea Party
Carol October 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
We now know who bought each candidate.
Tanya Bryant October 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
With a name like Optomist you don't seem very optimistic. You actually sound more like a bitter hate filled liberal.
Mary Ann Vought October 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
And the fracturing of rock is a bad thing? The price of natural gas is now extremely low. Pennsylvania has received over $181,000,000 in taxes from this form of energy. "National War on Women" - what the heck are you talking about? I've been a woman since 1939 and I sure don't see it. Your last statement shows how little you know about "The Lehigh Valley Tea Party". This group is a "non-profit" and as such cannot endorse any candidate. The Lehigh Valley Tea Party is entirely about education.
optimist October 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The Lehigh Valley teap party is all about the privitization of public education, and Marcellus Shale needs to be made safer and should be taxed in the same way other states do that have it. Trust me West Virginia is not a liberal tax and spend state and they have a severance tax. Simmons is 100% with Corbett on all of these issues. If you look at the polls PA is rejecting Corbett in huge numbers.
Rich Cranium October 17, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Highest corporate income tax in the nation + per well impact fee = shale industry not paying enough tax? If only we were back in the good old days of Ed Randell, where the gas companies paid no impact fee, and didn't have new regulations, increased setbacks, and zoning requirements that they have today. Fast Eddie was clearly the one who cared about controlling the industry. Yup, Corbett is clearly the one who wants to see the industry completely unregulated, not paying for their impact, and clearly wants us to have dirty water. Since you know, he didn't sign any legislation that did any of those things. Well except the Act 13 which literally did all of those things.
optimist October 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Act 13 would have allowed the insdustry to bypass all local zoning laws so that they could drill wherever they want. It was found unconstiutional. Rendell should have done something. Instead we left it to a guy taking huge campaign contributions from the the drillers. The idea that this industry is overtaxed is comical.
John Fox October 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
What is wrong with the Tea Party? Having citizens who care about what the government is doing is clearly such a bad thing? Let me guess Tea Party: evil heartless evil greedy bastards who just want to keep their money Occupy Wall St.: Honorable group of people who never committed any crimes during their "demonstrations," who really care about our future, and are not greedy when they want the government (AKA everyone who pays taxes) to pay for everything for them. To quote Thomas Sowell: “I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.” riddle me that 'optimist'
Rich Cranium October 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Oh so your gripe is about a part of the law that isn't part of the law anymore... right... That argument was thrown out when the court made its decision, and the court's ruling in fact part of the reason why our government is set up the way it is.. Grow up and move on. Instead the 'optimist' dwells on negatives that aren't even relevant any more. Now that the part of Act 13 you don't like has been removed lets look at what is left: Impact fee, which pays for the industry's impact on the community, and environmental programs throughout the state; increased regulation, helping to make the process safer and less likely to create problems in the event of rare accidents. And I guess we do agree on something: Rendell SHOULD have done something, but guess what, he didn't, and Corbett did. I guess for you the only "fair tax" on the industry is one that would cripple the industry and force them to look elsewhere despite the vast reserves we have here in PA. Did you ever see the movie "There Will be Blood"? When Mr. Plainview says "lets say you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake. And I have a straw that reaches across the room, and drinks your milkshake. Then.. I... drink your MILKSHAKE!" If we push the drillers out of PA, who knows one day maybe they would have a very long straw that drinks PA's milkshake from our boarder states. Oh sure there would be a few PA wells here and there, but we still wouldn't have the boost that we are experiencing now.
Fae Danner October 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Tanya, you're absolutely correct and much more concise than I; so I'll just echo your point.
optimist October 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Really push the drillers out of PA? That is what would happen with a sev. tax? Incredible. Let's just agree to disagree. I guess they will all soon be leaving West Virginia and the other states. I think Rendell felt it was too early in the game and that it was proper to leave it to the next administration. I do agree he should have done something.
Tanya Bryant October 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Mary Ann, The national war on women is left wing liberal Obama-Deely code. It means stupid women don't worry about high unemployment, high debt, high gas prices, high food prices, national security. The only thing you should worry about is abortion on demand available in vending machines and coming to a Taco Bell near you. Your not smart enough to understand the other stuff. To me the liberalization of abortion isn't a great right that women have received it is a sad commentary on the path our Country is on.
Robert Sentner October 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
you know what I just noticed, looks like everyone that is republican or at least moderate or right leaning has there name in big black bold letters and the union loving, leftest, radical environmentalist have a pseudonym as there name. makes you go hmmmmmmmm.
Len Pellegrino November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Don't leave out: Citizens against union bullying Citizens against union extortion Citizens against union intimidation Don't believe - check out phillybully.com watch for yourself


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