After witnessing the gridlock and dysfunction in Harrisburg over the last several years it is safe to say that Harrisburg is ready for change. That change begins right here in the 15th district. We can no longer afford the partisan politics that has crippled our schools, communities, and jobs within our state. My opponent, Jim Christiana, is not in touch with those he represents, including his stance on public education, taxes, privatization, gas drilling, unions and much more. He is a detriment not only to this district but to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His lack of bipartisanship in passing a budget for the last two years is inexcusable. He has turned his back on his own party, and left them to hang out to dry by publicly denouncing them in passing a budget without a way to fund it. He proposes to do the very same thing by eliminating property taxes without an alternative funding mechanism. Why would he do this? Because it’s an election year. His rhetoric is nothing more than ear candy that he himself knows will never become a reality.
You may ask, what will Mike Rossi do different? My answer is this. I will reach across the aisle to forge new alliances and partnerships with the legislature. “Build me a bridge and I’ll cross it, build a dam and I’ll break it down.” I believe in social justice and equality for men and women regardless of race or religion. I believe in the working class and a fair living wage. I will oppose legislation such as Right to Work and paycheck protection. I believe in public education and will work in a bipartisan way to bring adequate and fair funding to each and every school district in the commonwealth. In most cases, I don’t believe that privatizing is the answer especially when they are profitable, and I use our state liquor stores as an example. I am not opposed to tax reform, but I am opposed to knee jerk and ridiculous suggestions like that from Mr. Christiana, and I will reach out to both sides for resolve. The same goes for gas drilling, charter schools, and the many other issues that burden our legislature.
During my many years as a public servant, I have always had one common theme: do what is best for those you represent, not what is best for yourself. When I get to Harrisburg, that philosophy will not change.
In closing, I am asking for your vote and support in November. To the voters of the 15th district: I promise to upheld my pledge of social justice, bipartisanship, and fighting for the hard working people of Beaver and Washington Counties. Beaver County’s motto is “divided by its rivers, united by its people.” The time for division and politics as usual is over. I am here to unite us together so that we can become stronger.
Thank you very much, and I look forward to a spirited campaign in the weeks ahead.