Letter to the Editor: Mattiacci a 'Breath of Fresh Air'

A Willow Grove resident's take on Tuesday's debate


As a resident of Willow Grove living in the 153rd legislative district, I thought it was important to attend the . While I found the credentials of both candidates impressive, I left believing Nicholas Mattiacci was the more qualified of the two. 

Mattiacci struck me as very personable, someone whom people can relate to. Rather than rigidly adhering to obviously pre-scripted answers to the anticipated questions, I thought Mattiacci spoke from the heart. While her answers were insightful, Madeleine Dean struck me as someone who was only capable of answering questions based on what she prepared, unwilling to stray from her pre-determined “talking points.”

Aside from their mannerisms, I was surprised to learn Dean was recently elected to a Commissioner’s seat in Abington. The fact she’s running for a new position only months after being elected to a previous one, coupled with how she appeared unwilling to digress from her prepared statements, leads me to believe she’s more politically opportunistic than concerned with the issues of our district.

One of the most informative statements was when Mattiacci mentioned how he’d be able to benefit our district because he’s a member of the same party as the Governor. Unfortunately we live in a bipartisan nation in which elected officials quibble over every issue, refusing to break stride and working with their opposing party. For better or worse, having a State Representative from the same party as Governor Corbett would behoove our district more so than the alternative.    

On April 24 I hope the members of the 153rd district exercise their right to vote and cast their ballot for Nicholas Mattiacci. Madeleine Dean personifies the career politician, while Mattiacci represents a breath of fresh air. As a first-time candidate running for office and young father and husband, he can relate to the people of this district because he shares many of our same concerns, that of his growing family — not a growing political career.


Michael P. McIlmail

Willow Grove

Victor B. Krievins April 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I concur!
Marc Lombardi April 14, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Why is it not surprising to me that someone who worked for "Friends of John Purzell" during the election of 2008 is supportive of the Republican nominee for this position and finds Mattiacci it be a "breath of fresh air"? That's the sort of information that should be divulged. And let's not nominate someone just for the sole purpose of being able to work with the Governor during bipartisan times. What we should REALLY be looking for is someone in EVERY role willing to work together with anyone regardless of their political affiliation. Simply bringing this to the forefront makes it seem like Mattiacci plans to follow the GOP agenda. I can't picture Corbett giving anything a rubber stamp approval just because it's coming from someone in his own party, as Mattiacci mentioned, but if that's the case it doesn't make Corbett seem especially good at what he's supposed to be doing for our state.
Jamie Maerz April 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I also attended with an open mind and Nick Mattiacci definately seems much more qualified. Madelein Dean can't even make her mind up on which position she's running for. First it's commissioner and within 2 weeks of that it's State Rep. That goes to show you that she isn't a very committed person to begin with. You can't hop, skip and jump around when you are elected to serve the very people that put you in office. You have to take it serious. As far as her comments on the cutbacks to funding for education, for someone who does that, she should know that you can't just keep throwing money at the problem as Nick mentioned. The more money you throw at it, the more waste there is. Nick Mattiacci grew up in this area and chose to raise his family in this area. Do you think he wouldn't want what's best for his children that will be going to the very schools in the district that Dean complains the cutbacks would affect?
thompso April 17, 2012 at 01:07 AM
This letter would be much more convincing coming from someone who has not been paid over $2,000 from Nick Mattiacci's campaign, as Mr. McILmail has. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i93kmmsf0iuujou/RZThf4auLh/McIlmail.pdf
Marc Lombardi April 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM
So, if these documents are valid (and they certainly appear to be) either Nicholas Mattiacci is paying people to pose as "swayed supporters" to send letters to the editor, or Michael McIlmail is not being forthcoming about his connection to the candidate. Possibly both. That's a pretty lousy way of campaigning and I hope those undecided voters can look at this as an example of how political campaigns should NOT be run. I hope some "decided" voters also look at these sort of tactics with some seriousness. (Makes you wonder if Mattiacci was being honest now when he says he had nothing to do with those telephone polls that were spreading false rumors about Dean). Shame on you Mr. Mattiacci /or/ Mr. McIlmail...whichever of you is the guilty party in this. This is a slimy move. I hope Patch puts an editor's note at the beginning of this "article" stating that the author is a paid member of Mr. Mattiacci's campaign staff to put things in perspective.
Michael McIlmail April 17, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It seems I have myself an admirer who has taken it upon himself/herself to go from website to website leaving comments that I have been paid in the past for services to Nick Mattiacci’s campaign. What “thompso” fails to mention is that I made no attempt to hide this, clearly identifying my name and address in the opinion letter I initially e-mailed. Regardless of this, “thompso,” while choosing to remain anonymous themselves, never even attempted to contact me first to learn what exactly I was paid for from the Mattiacci campaign, because maybe if he/she did they would’ve learned it was for data entry completely uninvolved with political affiliation done several months ago before I even knew of Ms. Dean. That being said one would suspect it’s very likely “thompso” is simply just a friend/family member/campaign staffer of Ms. Dean doing exactly what they purportedly claim to chastising me for, which in and of itself is obviously very hypocritical.
Marc Lombardi April 17, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I don't know, Michael...the whole letter to the editor has a very disingenuous feel now that your connection to the Mattiacci campaign has been disclosed. And there's a big difference between someone being paid by a campaign sending letters out praising a candidate in a way that made it seem like your vote was up for grabs beforehand and someone working for a campaign finding such information and making it public knowledge. Your comment that "thompso" has done this on other websites brings into question, then -- how many other places have you sent a similar letter as this one?
Marc Lombardi April 17, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Additionally, it your payment was for "data entry...done several months ago" then why are the payments stated on Mattiacci's expenditure statements as: 1) "mailing, stamps, campaign assist" during an undated period for $500; 2) "campaign assist" during an undated period for $750; and "campaign assist" dated 4/5/12 for $800? Either Mattiacci's statements are inaccurate or you're not telling the whole story, and I'm not sure which is worse.
Robin Beall April 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
No one chastised you Michael. All that was said was that your letter would hold more water if it had come from someone who hadn't been paid by the campaign. That's a very truthful statement. But then there's the fact that you claim to be a Willow Grove resident living in the 153rd, yet the zip code on the finance report seems to read 19006...which isn't even in the 153rd. So to reiterate what Marc said, either you're not telling the whole story or Mr. Mattiacci's finance reports are incorrect. Which is worse is a damn good question. But most importantly is it seems that the word disingenuous keeps being used to either describe Mr. Mattiacci himself, or something connected to his campaign. Maybe that explains a lot...such as, it appears that Mr. Mattiacci is paying people to write supportive pieces about him...he denounces billboards in Abington and claims he will protect us from them then days later he plasters his campaign on the only billboard around Abington near Mt. Carmel church...he claims he is removed from the Republican party, yet the Republicans at state level are financing all his mailings and that disgusting poll they did lying about Madeliene Dean... all fine examples of disingenuous behavior, is that really want we want representing us in Harrisburg? Not me. And by the way, I'm a volunteer (meaning no one is paying me to write this) Democratic Committee Person, and proud of it!
Victor B. Krievins April 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Back to the time out chair lombardi and beal.
Marc Lombardi April 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Good old Victor...always adding such relevance and insight to the conversation. Do you care to add anything, or do you need to wait for someone else to say something with substance so you can parrot their thoughts? I think that Robin and I have asked some genuinely important questions regarding the truth behind Michaels written support of a candidate who is paying him for services and the false impartiality of his letter.
Victor B. Krievins April 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Lombardi, It appears that your expertise is limited to interpreting Crayon Drawings which you have boasted of before. You appear to be the only ones who feel that you have asked some genuine important questions.
James Curran April 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Mr Krievins - Mr. Lombardi asked if you had anything to add to the discussion. Whether pro or con, you could have discussed things in a civil manner. Instead you chose to be insulting and in doing so, prove nothing. Having read the comments here, I see two people who were asking for answers or, at the very least, clarification of the relationship between Mr. Mattiacci and Mr. McIlmail. You have made assumptions of their intent and can not know what they feel. Your statements have been incorrect, inappropriate and immature. Perhaps it is you sir, that needs a "time out".
Victor B. Krievins April 20, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Mr. Curran needs to get a real life. Lombardi is immature by his reference to Crayon Drawings. You can also join the time out chair when the otehrs have served their punishment.
Robin Beall April 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Thank you James. I believe there are questions here that won't be answered. 1) The legitimacy of Mr. Mattiacci's financial statements and of Mr.McIlmail's statements in the letter. 2) The honestly behind Mr. Mattiacci's promise of protection of billboard companies after he's erected his own. 3) The question of the truth behind where the campaign funding is coming from and how he can contend to not be a puppet of the Republican party being as they are paying for the materials to get him elected. Mr. Krievins, you can call us any names you want but you cannot dispute that these are legitimate questions that the voters deserve answers on...unless Mr. Mattiacci is just banking on the fact that the voters don't need to know and won't ask. If that is in fact his position on these questions, every voter should be insulted by this type of behavior... from any politician.
Debbie Park July 24, 2012 at 07:40 AM
THOMPSO, I am unsure whether you are against Mr. Mattiacci or Mr. McIlmail. And how do you have access to his finance reports? And in the perspective of things, do you really think that $2,000 is alot of money to be paid for a campaign that lasts several months? So much so as to cause Mr. McIlmail to go ahead and write "false" letters online?


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