— Insurance investigator/adjuster Tom Galella called me today to say he decided against running for county commissioner. He started a wildfire Tuesday when he picked up a change of voter registration form. A Republican most of his life but a Democrat the last few years, he planned to switch back to the Republicans.
After thinking about it a couple of days, he decided against running. He thought it would be hypocritical to run for a job he wanted to eliminate, he said.
An employee of government study commission chairman Chuck Volpe’s insurance management company, Mr. Galella worked hard in support of the commission’s recommendation for an executive-council form of government to replace the three commissioners.
“I’m not fond of the current form of government. The minority commissioner doesn’t work. The minority commissioner is irrelevant,” he said. “I can’t run for something I don’t believe in, and I don’t need a job like others do.”
— More than a month ago, I wrote a Roderick Random column about Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz’s silence on the Keystone Sanitary Landfill. I said how ironic it was considering his opposition to the Alliance Landfill in Taylor a decade ago.
Anyway, I was fooling around on the Internet the other day when I came across more irony. Mr. Wansacz made his anti-landfill fight a big part of his state Senate campaign in 2010, as this television commercial below shows.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK