Saturday, October 31, 2009


According to her website,, Tina Polachek Gartley, the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge candidate is "...the fresh face that we need in the courthouse in Luzerne County. Though Tina may be new to the political arena, she has a wealth of experience in the courtroom." Her site goes on to explain "...Tina and her family are neither political nor connected. She was raised by her mother, a nurse, and her father, a school bus driver, to be honest and fair."


She is new to the political arena, and she's not connected?

Honest and Fair?

I asked her this straightforward question on Facebook today:

Stephen Lewis
Is it true you contributed to Mark Ciavarella's retention campaign in 2005? 6 hours ago

Her reply:

Tina Polachek Gartley
No. Untrue. 5 hours ago

So I decided to go to the PA Department of State Website and and check the campaign finance reports.

And guess what I found?

Contribution Details5
PLAINS,&nbspPA &nbsp18705
Description:Monetary Contribution-
Report:2005 Cycle 5
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So Tina, is that your final answer?

And I would also like to suggest that you come clean about being a political outsider. A cursory glance through the campaign finance reports since 2000 show that both you and your husband Scott are frequent campaign donors to people such as:

Martin Kane For Magistrate $100
Chester Muroski Retention $200
Phyllis Mundy $200
Brian O'Donnell For State Rep $1,000

And you gave yourself $4,500.

Plus your husband Scott gave money to help retain Michael Conahan of all people.

Additionally, your campaign took $1,000 from the friends of Maryanne Petrilla.

So do you think you should claim on your website that your family is neither political nor connected?

And why would you lie to me about something so easily verified? Did you think I was some Luzerne County bumpkin, incapable of checking claims made by politicians?

During this terrible time for our county, the people are in dire need of politicans who are "honest and fair", they must impeccable in order to gain our trust. Now we see you don't fit that description.

Hopefully Luzerne County will say 'no' to you before it's too late.


Anonymous said...

I am just disgusted about all the money being thrown around for political reasons. This money could do so much more good going to a homeless shelter, the SPCA, a soup kitchen, etc. This disgusts me.

Anonymous said...

Can you post the political contributions of the other three judges?

Anonymous said...

Sir Rockin One:

Her political leanings are really irrelavent to me.

My main concern is that she not fall prey to judicial activism if she gets elected. Unfortunatley this is a temptation for many judges these days becasue they are not accountable. There is no one to hold them accountable for their decisions. It remains very easy for a judge to rule based on what they want the law to say rather then what it actually says.

I would hope that she rules based one logic, reason, practicality and law, rather then emotion or ideology. The LAST thing we need on the PA courts is yet another liberal activist judge.

Father Dave Bechtel

Anonymous said...

On a related note (politics) have you read Caritas in Veritate?

NEPA Catholic