Monday, January 7, 2008

Lisa Bennington's first and last term...

Well, this Tattler was reading this Sunday's edition of the Post-Gazette and saw a column about Pennsylvania state Rep. Lisa Bennington not running for re-election.

From the Post-Gazette:

It's been historically tough for women to reach the Pennsylvania statehouse, and now Rep. Lisa Bennington has announced she'll leave it after one term.

Rep. Bennington, 31, a divorce lawyer from Morningside fast with a quip, will finish out the year and then go back full-time to a line of work she finds less contentious and more rewarding. She settles about 90 percent of her divorce cases before the case reaches court but, in the House, "you can't negotiate with anyone."

Keep in mind, when I first interviewed Bennington when she was running for her position, the whole woman in Harrisburg thing wasn't really a part of her platform.

Rep. Bennington knew that her voice would amount to less than one-half of 1 percent of the 203-member House, but knowing something and experiencing it are different. In her law practice, "you are paid a billable hour and somebody is looking and can say, 'Did I get this service for what I paid?' "

She can have that experience when she helps a constituent with an individual problem, but she is frustrated by the glacial pace of lawmaking.

Let's wake up and smell the coffee. Everyone knows Harrisburg works at a very S-L-O-W pace.

Her most rewarding moment came when the House unanimously passed her bill to require that all Pennsylvania laws be available to the public free online. (The other 49 states already did that.) Her big disappointment came when the House didn't even vote on a bill to require hospitals to inform rape victims of the availability of emergency contraception.

Unfortunately, she did not make her own mark but aligned herself with the political machine in Harrisburg.

Maybe Harrisburg is not the place for anyone who already has a fulfilling career, as our statehouse demands an acceptance of accomplishing not very much. That leaves an open seat in a district straddling the Allegheny River, and divorce never looking so good.

Isn't interesting how this column does not even mention the North Hills? As I've always felt (and this article pretty much backs this up) is that Ross Township will always be treated as chopped liver by the way representative districts are drawn.

What a shame!

Working to keep you posted...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In your prior article you mentioned a Ross Commissioner running for Lisa Bennington's seat. No name was mentioned. If it was one of the Commissioners that voted for the Hearth/Benet Woods project, they won't have my vote. I have over 100 phone numbers of people in this area who were opposed to the Benet Woods project. I will call each one of the 100 phone numbers to remind them if this Commissioner was one of the ones that voted for Benet Woods!!